Why Is The Water Boiling : A Parable


This is a WordPress repost of an humorous article pertaining to science and faith that I ran across that was just too good to keep to myself.  This post was originally posted on the Faith For Thinkers website. Oh yes, you can thank me later!

Science and faith each claim to be pathways to discovery of ultimate truths. Yet the answers they come up with often seem so different, that one wonders how they can both be observing the same reality. How is it even remotely possible that science and faith could have equal validity as I seem to be claiming?

To address this paradox, Cambridge mathematical physicist and Anglican priest (how’s that for a set of credentials?) Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne often cites the different types of answers that could be given to the question: “Why is the water boiling?” To further illustrate the point, I have embellished the illustration into the form of the following parable:

To view the rest of this parable please click on the direct link below:



Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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4 comments on “Why Is The Water Boiling : A Parable
  1. Cindy Dawson says:

    Love this story! What a great explanation of why science only adds to our appreciation of what God has created. Blessings!


  2. I love this!! Such a perfect parable to describe the different approaches to Truth about God and His creation. Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. Candice says:

    Great parable! As a Christian, I don’t feel the need, nor do I have the education, to refute the claims of science, though I find science, and new discoveries, thought-provoking and fascinating, as well as the evidence for intelligent design. I believe in Christ’s sacrifice for my salvation and can wait for God’s perfect timing to bring all things to light.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Funny parable/analogy

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