Ever since we started our Saturday RedShift University group, I finally gave in to my mind’s incessant wonderings about the way this world works. Most of thinking (and documentaries that I watched) is dedicated to quantum physics and astronomy.
Since some of the key ideas involve faith, it was natural that I tried to figure out whether science and faith are indeed so terribly different that a lot of scientists prefer to claim they are atheists and a lot of religious folks pretend that science is a work of Satan who will destroy us with knowledge just like he did it in the Garden of Eden.
I mentioned it on my blog before – I have no idea why so many people think faith and science are at odds.
Today I finally finished reading Dean Koontz’ A Big Little Life – the first non-fiction book by him that I’ve read. It is a memoir of Trixie Koontz, a golden retriever. I tried to get to the end as slowly as possible, because Trix moved on to another world and I knew it. However, I couldn’t stop reading. Especially considering the fact that Koontz is a Christian, there were many things he discussed and described that were so close to my heart.
There was a quote that stood out to me.
[In my novel From the Corner of His Eye, I brought closer to the surface those spiritual issues that had underpinned some of my previous books:] The world is a place of mystery and purpose. Science – especially quantum mechanics – and faith are not antagonistic to each other but are in fact complementary. We are a community of potential saints with a shared destiny and each of us is a thread in a tapestry of meaning.
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life, p. 211
I read this and a triumphant YES!!! resounded in my brain.
Last week, the first week of my winter holidays at work, I was home for most of the days, waking up late and staying up later than usual as well. It was good to recuperate from all the stress of the last couple of months and also it was great to finally catch up with all the documentaries that I wanted to watch. I ended up watching 15 documentaries and plan on watching a few more this week. I am addicted! Yet my mind never stops analyzing whatever I read / see / hear. As a result, I watched the documentaries for clues – maybe there are indeed things that would be so drastically different from what the Bible says.
Nothing contradicts it.
Granted, 6-literal-Earth-days creation is out of question (since the Universe is 13.7 billion years), but since God is outside of space-time, the arrow of time doesn’t affect Him as it does us. Evolution? I honestly don’t know (at least at the moment). I know that the Imago Dei in us is the Spirit that makes us truly alive. And considering that the first amino acids are thought to be brought from the space in meteorites (i.e. rocks, basically), creating us from the dust makes sense too. All I know for sure is that there is nothing impossible with God. Evolution by itself (as well as random assembly of perfect conditions without any help) is simply dumb to consider, but when God is in the equation, anything can happen.