How to study
When I questioned the bible about the attitude appropriate to the
study of science I found the following instructions.
Live to the glory of God
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, do it for God
and not for men. Col. 3:23.
Use your brains to the glory of God
I want to pray with the spirit, and I also want to pray with my
mind. I want to sing psalms with the spirit, and I also want to sing
psalms with my mind. 1 Cor. 14:15.
Be sincere and modest in your claims to know
If someone imagines he knows something - such a man has not yet
realized how one ought to know. 1 Cor. 8:2.
Only love transcends our limitations. In contrast, our predictions
can fail, our communication can fail, and our knowledge can fail.
For our knowledge is patchwork, and our predictive power is
limited. But when perfection comes, all patchwork will disappear.
1 Cor. 13:8-10.
But be perfect in your desire to understand
Don't be childlike in matters of understanding. Instead be
childlike in matters of evil, but be perfect in understanding.
1 Cor. 14:20.
Enjoy learning about God's creation
Great are the works of the Lord; all who research in them find
pleasure therein (or: all who have pleasure in them want to understand
them). Psalm 111:2.
Aim for the best
Consider everything. Keep the good. Avoid evil whenever you
notice it. 1 Thess. 5:21-22.
And take care not to lose contact with Jesus Christ
Make sure that no one traps you by philosophy and vain
speculation based on man's teaching and the powers of the world
instead of Christ. For through him you have everything in abundance.
Gedanken zum Leben als Christ
My Views on the Christian Way of Life
Science and Faith
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Arnold Neumaier (Arnold.Neumaier@univie.ac.at)