I stay receptive and open to see the miracle in the smallest symbols of joy to lift my spirits, or hear the words of support when times of tough. I know that the Universe is always working on my behalf, answering my prayers, hearing my call. Copyright DisclaimerThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Today, I re-mind myself to savor the moment, and be aware of the things happening around me so that I may see those little miracles for what they are and express my gratitude as they happen. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason The success of science at explaining complex phenomena without using miracles has led to a deep intuition that invoking miracles is not a promising way to explain things.
I understand that to be miracle minded is to allow myself to be in the moment and widen my perspective to see miracles for what they are. I set my intent today, and every day, to be open and willing to receive and also to be gracious and willing to give. In this I use my intent to work for the higher good in my own life and the lives of others.
But that misunderstands the entire point of scientific inquiry.A provocative new study sure to get attention over the next few weeks was presented at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) .

Plumbers are never accused of being anti-religious because they won’t invite an exorcist to help remove an especially troubling blockage in the drain.
Elaine Ecklund, director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program, and author of the groundbreaking, controversial Science vs.
Unfortunately—and this is what makes Ecklund’s study so fascinating—the realization that nature is “natural” rather than “supernatural” often plays out as a competition between a worldview with God in it and one without God.
The fact that science seems deaf to claims that this or that phenomena should be explained by invoking a miracle leads to religious complaints that science is irrationally committed to naturalism and hostile to the idea of God.
Titled  “Religious Understandings of Science (RUS),” Ecklund’s study looked at public perceptions of science and religion from a number of angles. However, Ecklund’s study and her earlier work have shown that religious beliefs are common in the scientific community. More than 10,000 Americans were interviewed, including many scientists and evangelical Protestants.
Consistent with Eklund’s early work, the study found that the religious beliefs and practices of scientists were similar to those of the general public. The real conversation—and this is the one we don’t have because of all the shouting—should be about the remarkably ordered world that science has disclosed and what that might mean.

Eklund’s study also shows nearly 60 percent of evangelical Protestants—a demographic permeated with promotion of young earth creation and intelligent design—and 38 percent of all Americans believe “scientists should be open to considering miracles in their theories or explanations.” Believing that “science and religion can work together” but that science needs to include “miracles” in its explanations is not a foundation for a long and happy marriage. Science has a long and fascinating history with miracles, and has earned its success largely by explaining phenomena without recourse to the miraculous. Isaac Newton, for example, explained how gravity from the sun keeps the planets in their orbits, but he couldn’t explain how those planets got into those nice orbits and all travelled around the sun in the same direction and in almost the same plane.
About two centuries later, the most famous invocation of a supernatural explanation was developed by William Paley whose Natural Theology Darwin read voraciously as a young scientist.
Newton’s argument about the planets and Paley’s about the watch are both examples of science invoking miracles to provide more complete explanations. But a few decades after Newton, Pierre Laplace explained Newton’s miraculously organized planets: a large, slowly rotating cloud of matter, which was the original state of our solar system, will both compress and flatten under gravity, and produce what we see. Laplace went on to write a wide-ranging text explaining the mechanics of the heavens without using miracles.

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