By BJ Bjornson
I have to say that I quite enjoyed this little article by a former minister who has a newfound appreciation for science.
I've always had a penchant for humanities over science. My passion, if you will, has been the human condition. Language and literature; theology and theatre.
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But lately science has caught my attention. Not sure how this happened. Maybe it was the breathtaking images of stars being born in distant galaxies courtesy of the Hubble Telescope. Or maybe it was going to Antarctica to discover that fossils of Jurassic Age subtropical vegetation are buried there. The continents have drifted over millions of years, in case you're puzzled.
At any rate, science is fascinating. You scientists already know this but perhaps it feels so new because I've spend my entire adult life puzzling and promoting stories which attempt to explain the unexplainable.
How did we get here? Why do bad things happen? What are the sun, moon and stars? Are we alone?
All cultures have mythical explanations, from the polytheisms of Greece, Rome and Scandinavia, say, to the monotheisms of Judaism and its offshoots of Christianity and Islam.
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Stories are wonderful. They are told and altered and retold around the campfire. A great flood, a great escape or a great battle. Our tales are shaped to meet our needs and aspirations for saviours and such.
Stories motivate and instruct. I love the story of a little engine that pulled the train to the crest of a hill with gumption. I love the story of Dorothy Gale and all that she and her friends learn in a land called Oz. Did a train actually get over the hill with optimism and gumption? Is there a land of Oz? Of course not.
But when it comes to tales that try to explain, we have to step back and ask ourselves if we believe the story or the lesson. And if it's just the lesson, then what really happened?
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I'm not a scientist. Never will be. But at this point in my life, it seems more fascinating and fruitful to learn about what we actually know, than to argue over which supernatural explanation for life and its woes is the right one.
As I say, I very much like the article and the quite logical thinking it displays. Never too late to learn just how wonderful a tool science is and just how incredible the real universe actually is.
Still, I can�t help but wonder what this guy�s former congregants are thinking.