Explore, Experiment, Discover

"Instead of a necessarian view of the cosmos, the Bible envelops creation in contingency. We understand contingency in two contexts. First, creation is separate from the Creator and thereby dependent upon its Creator for its existence and life. In other words, the source and life of every aspect of the created order is the All-Wise, Transcendent God of Scripture. Second, since creation is God’s free choice, it could have been something else. God drafts creation as a fine artist. Creation is therefore laden with a multiplicity of treasure chests, each hiding a different aspect of His creative wisdom. God, therefore, commands man to “search it out.” The nature of the physical creation, i.e., the nature of objective reality, entreats man to engage his empirical skills to explore, experiment, discover."

-from The Incarnation of the Word and the Transformation of the Landscape of Mathematics by
James Nickel