Parables and Divine Hiddenness

Today’s gospel reading is the parable of the soils in Mark 4. In verses 1-9, Jesus stands in a boat and speaks to a very large crowd on the shore. He tells them a story about seed being cast onto four kinds of soil. In verse 10, his disciples ask him the meaning of the parable, and Jesus replies in verses 11-12: To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven....

January 24, 2024

The Limits of Science

A popular saying today is “follow the science,” which implies that it is science that will show us the correct path in life, and a person is wise who follows its guidance. I believe that science is a very powerful tool that helps us understand many of the mechanisms of our universe, but I also maintain that there are many mysteries of life that science alone will never penetrate, and science alone is insufficient to provide the wisdom we need to live a good life....

May 17, 2021