A fascinating article on the nature of Mathematics at Aeon.co
An emerging item in my own study has to do with how God testifies to his existence. Elsewhere in this blog I’ve written about how Nature must testify, and that natural evidence must weigh equally, in fact, with scripture. (This is not a popular notion.)
Scripture is vulnerable though. One only need ponder the burgeoning supply of available English translations to realize that the written word has an interpretive element. There are many “Scholars” – reading the ancient languages so that they can more clearly translate those languages.
But Mathematics knows no such limitation. A mathematical truth is simply a fact (or is it? read that Aeon article) — at least, an equation and it’s results are observable to anyone willing (and able!) to do the computation. Computations done by others at another place and / or at another time yield the same results. No room for interpretation.
Perhaps if — Math is the language of the Cosmos, it is also a divine language of God? I suppose all languages are divine, in the sense that God enables Men to develop them. But perhaps a reason He speaks to us in Pictures, Parables and Types — is that these convey the meaning — not so much the words. Is this His way of maintaining story-equivalency across time and dialect?
A reinforcing fact is that the stars, moon, sun and heavens in general were made for “Signs & Seasons”
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Gen. 1:14-19
Mathematics tell us something about how and when these were established. Flat Earth Creationists ignore these things at their peril. Or mathematics isn’t a language God speaks. Or we just don’t understand yet. (I like the last one.)