Swinburne, Richard

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University

Monday, 13 February 2017

You are a scholar’s scholar.
Infinity is your focus.

Instead of constantly arguing with the stone-deaf (meaning “people who do not listen”),
let’s find every infinity1 that we can so we can readily
conclude, continuity is the first principle of science
and the first principle of religion. Neither is capricious.

Scientists and the religious will know the infinite2 in the same way,
but with a different face.

Our simple model of numbers is the inverse of the infinite.3
It is a model for finiteness. Finite space. Finite time.
Yet it has a deep and abiding relation with light.

We have a long way to go to understand our finiteness.
Science is still quite young. We still need to resolve the
great debate between Newton (Clarke) and Leibniz.

We are on the same side, just called in different ways.


1 From the homepage today — http://81018.com — and thereafter: https://81018.com/stage/
2 Austin Farrer’s book, Finite and Infinite, is top shelf. Excellent.
3 Finite-Infinite: Any and all never-ending, never repeating numbers defined within science and mathematics are the active and current bridges between the finite and infinite. Here the infinite is only known as continuity (which creates order) and symmetry (which creates relations). We will leave the possible religious implications out of these discussions on this site.

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