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The trailblazer of recent technological know-how and a latest Thomas Merton discover the parallels among new paradigm considering in technology and faith that jointly provide a remarkably suitable view of the universe.

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Some recent theologians have adopted the model aspect of scientific methodology. One of them is Avery Dulles, an AmericanJesuit; another is Bernard Lonergan. But I personally tend to see the method of theology as very different from that of natural sci­ ence. Not that the two methods are in opposition or conflict; they are just very different. ' The status of "science" was something that the medieval Scholastics, for instance, claimed for their own theological system. Contemporary theologians generally avoid making this claim.

THOMAS: Could one say that the Bible speaks in terms of metaphors and models as we do in science? The metaphors of the Bible point toward reli­ gious truth, but they are not the full truth. So the metaphor should not be confused with the truth toward which the metaphor points. FRITJOF: 40 BElONGING TO THE UNIVERSE Truth should never be confused with any of the ways we express truth, whether metaphorical or conceptual. That is why a num­ ber of theologians have adopted a "models" method typical of the natu­ ral sciences.

You can entrust your whole life to this. DAVID: SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY 25 You see, the two are related. In science, too, there is a shadow of that existential aspect, because for a scientist, a theory to which you dedicate your life, your scientific career, has an existential quality. That faith has an existential quality, not in the broad sense, but it's more than intellectual. ' What I meant is "noetic:' the scientist's "faith" has to do with intuitive knowing, but it still moves on the level of knowing, not, for instance, on the level of morals at all.

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