I need to remember to bring a note pad next time I see Sue and Gary. I have napkins and scraps of paper with notes written all over them from our last get-togethers. You see, Gary is a physicist and he and his wife and I just devour metaphysics.
Our last meeting, Gary summed up the relationship between science and religion. It is simply that science is able to answer the question how things work. But religion is able to answer the question why something works.
Cambridge University's John Polkinghorne agrees. Dr. John Polkinghorne is a physicist, theologian, and Anglican priest. In an interview, he shares:
'Science and religion are not mutually exclusive, Polkinghorne argues. In fact,
both are necessary to our understanding of the world. “Science asks how things
happen. But there are questions of meaning and value and purpose which science
does not address. Religion asks why. And it is my belief that we can and should
ask both questions about the same event.”'
And there is so much more to be said here.
He goes on to explain:
As a for-instance, Polkinghorne points to the homey phenomenon of a tea kettle boiling merrily on the stove.
“Science tells us that burning gas heats the water and makes the kettle boil,” he says.
But science doesn’t explain the “why” question. “The kettle is boiling because I want to make a cup of tea; would you like some?
“I don’t have to choose between the answers to those questions,” declares Polkinghorne. “In fact, in order to understand the mysterious event of the boiling kettle, I need both those kinds of answers to tell me what’s going on. So I need the insights of science and the insights of religion if I’m to
understand the rich and many-layered world in which we live.”
The ocean represents the infinite nature of God's infinitesimal wonder.
I was thinking over the idea that is shared over a dozen times in Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. "God is
All-in-all." So I did what every good 21st century thinker would do.
I googled it.
"All in all" is used to express when we take everything into account,
once we have considered all sides of an issue, or wrap things up with a final
But it goes much deeper than that. I came across several essays
searching for truth in Milton's Paradise Lost and his other writings.
Milton's quote was the only other quote on my search that even came close
to "All-in-all." Milton wrote "God shall be All in All." This means that
God is the omnipotent, omnipresent Oneness. Unity, the essayist explained,
need not involve a loss of uniqueness, but embraces individuality and diversity
in an ultimate Oneness.
Here are some of Eddy's ideas with God as All-in-all:
The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all.
The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and
that there is no other might nor Mind,--that God is Love, and therefore He is
The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From this it follows that
nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas .
Most notable is the use of All-in-all in the "Scientific Statement of Being,"
from Science and Health which reads in part: "There is no life, truth,
intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its
infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all."
All right then. This all jives. So why is it important that
we know this?
It takes some thought at times for me to consider just how large the idea
of God is. That God is All, yes. But to understand that this Allness
encompasses the most infinitesimal and intimate details as well as the grandest,
most expansive and infinite ideas, is to understand God's supremacy.
It follows then because God is infinite - the ultimate Oneness
- God is the umbrella that maintains and sustains all individualities, and
embraces all diversities of gifts.
Does that mean that you and I are all the same? No - we are proof
of infinite God. Like individual numbers proving the existence of a higher
mathematics, we are God's reflection shown in infinite diversity.
Once I can wrap my thoughts around this, I find it easier to heal.
Why? Because it's been proved and reasoned out that the one Mind governs
all. No one is left out of health, wholeness and abundance.
It gives me a foundation for church and community - that I can expect and see unity
amongst differing ideas and practices.
It gives me hope. I can understand how God loves all the wide diversity
called mankind. The tenderness with which I know God, is the same
tenderness God pours out to all Her children.
God is All-in-all. Diversity of ideas is unified under infinite Love.
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016