[quotable Koontz]

[quotable Koontz]

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.

  • I will be the first to admit that some of what you wrote about it beyond me and beyond my scope of even wanting to understand. Call me simple I reckon. I applaud someone seeking and questioning because God’s Word says, “those who seek Him will find Him when they search with all their heart.” Seek away lil sis but always come back to the Center. have never read any Koontz. May have to check out some of his stuff. One last thought: everything happens or anything can happen?

    • When I first started learning all this, I thought that this was all beyond me as well. But it’s incredibly fun to see how God carefully planned every single tiny bit to fit.

      You know, my greatest desire for others is that they won’t be afraid of questions – I’ve been there where I was afraid that if I ask this question, my faith might crumble. 10 years after that, and I have learned to appreciate questions. If anything, those questions strengthened my faith. I guess I’ll write about that journey sometime. It was a crazy one.

      If you want to read something of Koontz, start with Odd Thomas series. That’s where I started (by pure accident, too…) and I couldn’t stop afterwards. The best book of that series is Brother Thomas, which is #3, but it won’t have full impact unless you know the history prior to it.

      You’re right – anything can happen. English is still a second language for me 🙂

  • I don’t ignore science. Never have. Have studied history over the years and see how some things fit together. I know, also, that in our years… just the last 100-150 … reading, studying, digging have increased from nearly nothing to almost too much. So often it’s hard to just read Genesis [which I’m doing at the moment] and not wonder. I’ve also read a number of fictionalized books that deal with these same issues. And, in my travels, around the US and other portions of the world, seeing fossils at high mountain range [which makes no sense, spiritually, but does after Noah’s flood stretch], just adds more “hmm-ing” to the mind. What I often say is that when we die and get to heaven we will finally get all the answers we’ve struggled with OR it won’t make any difference any more, b/c all we’ll want to do is worship our Lord and be with our friends/family/Biblical heroes.

    There’s just SO MUCH that we can question, see, teach, revise. You’re learning lots. God can open more doors for you. [I always count on that for me, too.]

    • Often it’s hard to just read Genesis and not wonder. – indeed! And it’s so fun to discover that the real story of creation fits that one!

      The fossils at high mountain range actually is still a mystery – I mean, the flood sort of does make sense – but where did all the water go afterwards, if it was high enough to cover the ENTIRE earth? (And the scientists are relying more on the fact that the surface of the Earth has changed dramatically in the years, so what we now know as mountains could easily be underwater before the tectonic plates moved and squished them to rise above the water.)

      And you’re right, we’ll get ALL the answers we need later – yet it’s still fun to discover the hidden mysteries of God’s creation.

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