Science And Christ -- By: William W. Kinsley

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 050:198 (Apr 1893)
Article: Science And Christ
Author: William W. Kinsley

Science And Christ

William W. Kinsley

I NOW call attention to the second and third divisions of my theme, whether it was absolutely necessary for a Divine Visitant to come, and whether we have in the characteristics and career of the historic Christ convincing evidences that he was the Messiah foretold by Jewish prophets and by the world’s most pressing needs.

Every plant is an organic unit. Its parts are complemental and are linked so intimately that no one can be separated from the others without fatal results. Root, stem, branch, and leaf are vitally essential, each to each, must remain in intimate union, and each play its part. There is a life-current flowing from the tiniest rootlets that weave their network in the dark and damp of the underworld, to the veined leaves that hang, wind-shaken and sun-kissed, from the outermost branches that reach toward the sky. Sever the connection and you stop the flow and end the life. The very forces which, before the severance, were invigorating and developing become destructive. The sunlight now scorches and withers, and the moisture in the air and soil rots the plant into unorganized dust again.

There has been established a vital union between not only the different parts of an organism but also between the organism and its environment, the ingredients of the soil, the air, the raindrop, and the sunbeam,—severance here being attended with equally fatal results. The central germ-

force reaches with vitalizing influence to the remotest corner of the organism, directing where every particle of matter shall go and precisely what office it shall perform in perfecting the embodiment of the divine ideal entrusted to its keeping. There is thus an interplay, an interdependence, binding together not only the different parts of an organism, but the clod of the valley with the cloud of the sky, even reaching through space the almost inconceivable distance of ninety-five millions of miles.

A more perfect and complex organization may be observed in the higher realm of animal life. Not only is every body, whether of mote or mammoth, an organized whole, a combination of parts by whose joint action a certain pre-determined purpose is carried out, but each organ also in the combination is made up of interdependent parts, each differently endowed and commissioned and having significance and efficiency only when conjoined with the others into one harmonious whole. The human eye, for example, has been found composed of hundreds of such complemental parts, some of the more noticeable being a self-adjusting window, carefully curved and accurately placed lenses, an elaborately prepared plate, susceptible of the slightest impression, consi...

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