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PostSubject: God does live in the Gaps   Sat 11 May 2013, 4:53 pm

Henry Drummond, a nineteenth century evangelical writer and lecturer, originated the term “God of the gaps” while chastising his fellow Christians for their unscriptural view of natural history.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Drummond_%281851%E2%80%931897%29

In his Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man , Drummond says:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/drummond/ascent.xiv.html
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When things are known, that is to say, we conceive them as natural, on Man’s level; when they are unknown, we call them divine—as if our ignorance of a thing were the stamp of its divinity. If God is only to be left to the gaps in our knowledge, where shall we be when these gaps are filled up? And if they are never to be filled up, is God only to be found in the dis-orders of the world? Those who yield to the temptation to reserve a point here and there for special divine interposition are apt to forget that this virtually excludes God from the rest of the process. If God appears periodically, He disappears periodically. If He comes upon the scene at special crises, He is absent from the scene in the intervals. Whether is all-God or occasional-God the nobler theory?

Positively, the idea of an immanent God, which is the God of Evolution, is infinitely grander than the occasional wonder-worker, who is the God of an old theology. Negatively, the older view is not only the less worthy, but it is discredited by science. And as to facts, the daily miracle of a flower, the courses of the stars, the upholding and sustaining day by day of this great palpitating world, need a living Will as much as the creation of atoms at the first. We know growth as the method by which things are made in Nature, and we know no other method. We do not know that there are not other methods; but if there are, we do not know them. Those cases which we do not know to be growths, we do not know to be anything else, and we may at least suspect them to be growths. Nor are they any the less miraculous because they appear to us as growths. A miracle is not something quick. The doing is of these things may seem to us no miracle, nevertheless it is a miracle that they have been done.



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PostSubject: Re: God does live in the Gaps   Sat 11 May 2013, 4:55 pm

This forum lives in the gaps, just look at the incredibly small audience Smile

Hence, according to Drummond, this forum lives in the "dis-order of the world". Given the world's level of dysfunction today, I'd say living in dis-order to probably the most sane and moral place to exist.

Hail to the Gaps!!!

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