Science And Prayer -- By: William W. Kinsley

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 048:190 (Apr 1891)
Article: Science And Prayer
Author: William W. Kinsley

Science And Prayer

William W. Kinsley

But, query our doubting Thomases, suppose you can thus show that scientific discoveries warrant a belief in the possibility of God’s effectively interfering in the course of nature and in the affairs of men, have they not also suggested and finally confirmed the opinion that, in point of fact, he never has; that, from the very first, matter contained the promise and the potency of all life; that the world is simply an immense organism which has reached its present complex perfectness through inherent forces working under fixed laws of evolution; that the stages of its growth have been as regular and predetermined as those of a tree; that its social amenities, its arts and literatures, its ripened civilizations, have finally evolved out of the original amorphic fire-mist through precisely the same regular gradations of growth as those out of which the rich grape-cluster or the golden-sphered russet has come to crown the long energizings of the germ-force that at the first lay hidden within the walls of the seed? We return to this query a most decided negative answer, and will endeavor to establish, as the second point in our present argument, that God has actually interfered again and again; that his interferences have not been confined to any one age, but been present in all ages; that his will, by its creating and modifying power, has extended to all classes of phenomena; that his mandates are still being

issued; and that their results, as asserted by recognized leaders in philosophy and in science, are present with us to-day.

At the first, matter was formless, motionless, forceless, structureless, rayless. On this there is now no controversy among the different schools of thought. Moses and Herbert Spencer, the creationist and the evolutionist, the dates of whose writing are separated by three thousand years, on this point clasp hands.

The belief is also as universal that this absolute simplicity of form and of nature has, after the lapse of ages, been converted into an almost infinite complexity, and that the cardinal changes have occurred in a certain order of sequence; but in answering the question as to how these changes have been effected, these schools of thought at once part company.

Those who affirm that in this unfolding there are no evidences of the active presence of an intelligent personal willpower are confronted by seemingly insuperable objections which science itself has furnished. Science discloses a law of inertia so far-reaching that not a single particle of matter in all the wide universe can set itself in motion. It also discloses that there is not a single particle that is now at rest. Whence that mi...

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