While the two-book model helps us understand how the two very different types of revelation of God are related to each other, there remains the long-standing question of whether a study of nature can reveal something to us about God that is not known through revelation. About 35 years ago, while teaching a Sunday School class about science and faith, I asked this question about what we could learn about God from nature. I expected answers that would support my perspective of the consistency and faithfulness of God through the trustworthiness of the laws of nature. Instead, the first hand that went up from an eager young man brought his observation that we learn that God is unpredictable. I stammered a bit but of course a teacher is always supposed to say something positive about comments from a student. It threw me off a bit but I recovered though I never forgot that response. It was burned in my memory when a few months later this young man committed suicide, jumping from the top of a cathedral in Waterbury, CT. It turns out he had schizophrenia. I was stunned. It indicated to me that we see characteristics of God in nature that reflect what we feel inside or that we have learned elsewhere.
Is there anything we can learn about God from the book of God's works that we do not first learn from his book of words? Should we be able to?
What do you make of Neal deGrasse Tyson's comments in the attached 88 second video clip? If I didn't attach it correctly, you can find it here: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-neil-degrasse-tyson-thinks-about-god-2015-12
Essentially, he says he is agnostic about the existence of God but seems to say that he does not see benevolence in nature, implying that if there is a Creator, that Creator might not be benevolent either. What do you make of it? I would think that we can see any attribute in nature that we want, simply by choosing what phenomena we wish to study. In other words, we only find what we want to find. Maybe we can't learn anything about God from nature unless we already know it.