What does “The Book of Works” mean?
“Great are the works of the LORD; [They are] studied by all who delight in them.” (Psalm 111:2)
The Book of Works refers to God’s creation of the natural world as studied through the tools and concepts of science. It is part of the Two Books Theology, in which God is believed to have communicated the nature of reality by giving humanity two books, The Book of God’s Words (Holy Scripture) and The Book of God’s Works, the natural world and the laws of science that govern it. In his 1605 book The Advancement of Learning, Francis Bacon wrote:
“.. no man …can search too far, or be too well studied in the book of God’s word, or the book of God’s works, divinity or philosophy.”
The idea that the truth revealed by science is on an equal footing with the words of the Bible when it comes to a full understanding of the realities of the world has become a central theme in Theistic Evolution or Evolutionary Creation. It has been referred to frequently in talks by Francis Collins, world-famous geneticist and founder of the Biologos Foundation. In his landmark book The Language of God, Dr. Collins wrote:
“The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshiped in the cathedral or in the laboratory.”
In his book Evolutionary Creation, theologian and evolutionary biologist Denis Lamoureux wrote:
“..divine revelation flows from two major sources – the Book of God’s Words and the Book of God’s Works.”
Theologian Mark H. Mann posted a blog at the Biologos web site (November 8, 2012), saying:
“I want to explore what many of the great Christian theologians (and saints!) of the Church have said about how God speaks in and through God’s other great book: Nature, or Creation.”
The Book of Works is a blog about science, often from a theological or philosophical point of view.
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There was originally no distinction between science and philosophy. Scientists as recently as 150 years ago referred to themselves as natural philosophers. Natural philosophy is in fact a good way to describe science at its best, and now is a good time for a renaissance of natural philosophy to counter the overspecialization and narrowness of strictly technical scientific research advances.
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The John Templeton Foundation Grant
Dr Garte is the recipient of a research grant from the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), to the Natural Philosophy Institute, which partially supports this blog. More details about the grant can be found on the blog post from June 19, 2015 entitled “A New Biology of Spiritual Information”.