“The intention of Moses in beginning his Book with the creation of the world, is, to render God, as it were, visible to us in his works.” -John Calvin, Commentary on Genesis
“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.” -G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God’s existence. For Einstein it was the absence of miracles that reflected divine providence. The fact that the cosmos is comprehensible, that it follows laws, is worth of awe. This is the defining quality of a ‘God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists.'” – Walter Isaacson
“what I find interesting is that many writers who do not in any sense claim to be Christians sometimes speak of their marvel at the unimaginable complexity and splendor of the universe–a marvel that rises to the level of what might be called ‘worship.’ For example, I think of a fascinating book by Martin J. Rees, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. If the physical realities that these numbers describe generated a little higher number or a little lower number, the universe as we know it could not exist. There must, for example, be just exactly the right distance between one particle and another particle at the subatomic level to balance the various forces at play. Just six numbers, so tightly constrained in their upper and lower limits, make the physical universe possible. How did that happen? Other writers describe the astonishing complexity of the eyeball, and although they may be unabashed philosophical materialists in their orientation, they are so impressed by the complexity and glory of it all that they almost begin to treat nature like god.
From a Christian point of view their instincts are jolly good–except that there is a God who has disclosed himself in the glory of what we call nature. I am not sure that it is right to argue from the complexity and glory of the six numbers, or from the stiffness of the woodpecker’s tail feathers, or from the irreducible complexity of a cell or of the eyeball, to the conclusion that God exists. At the end of the day God is not merely an inference, the end of an argument, the conclusion after we have cleverly aligned the evidence. But if you begin with this God, the testimony to his greatness in what we see all around us is heart stopping. It takes an enormous act of will on the part of even the most cynical of scientists instead to look at it all and say, ‘Ah, it’s just physics. Stop admiring it. Don’t do that. There’s no design. It’s just molecules bumping into molecules.” -D.A. Carson
“Wherever you cast your eyes there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of his glory.” -John Calvin
“At this point we ought to note that, however much they struggle against their own senses, and wish not only to drive God thence but also to destroy him in heaven, their stupidity [!!] never increases to the point where God does not at times bring them back to his judgment seat.” -John Calvin
BTW NOTE: I quote this from Calvin, simply because it reminded me of Charles Taylor’s comment that the secular world is haunted by transcendence. In this quote, we see that Calvin was saying that long before Taylor.
The Roman Emperor Caligula “despised the gods but was so terrified when it thundered that he would leap from his bed and hide under it.” -John T. McNeill