God is not Jove
Guy Consolmagno, S.J., is curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory and writes a regular reflection that appears on the back page of The Tablet of London. His latest piece reflects on what science might be able to tell us about the end of the world, the explosion of the sun, etc. He has this intelligent paragraph towards the end:
We don’t know yet how life arose, much less how it will die. The astrobiologists have no fear of running out of things to study. To say “God does it” is an insufficient answer, reducing him to nothing more than a new Jove. It’s a new paganism. The medieval scholastics understood the difference between primary and secondary causes, and indeed the ancient Hebrew author Genesis happily adapted Babylonian science while rejecting Babylonian gods. If their cosmologies could handle that, so can ours.