Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Very Good Question

On the way to school this morning, the radio was on NPR. I happened to hear the question, "Does science make belief in God obsolete?" and a website address. I asked the girls what they thought. Well, naturally, they said, "No," but I don't think they really thought about it before they answered. They probably just said what I wanted to hear. Not that they disagreed with me or were telling me a lie. But I wanted them to know WHY "No!" So in the 5 minutes or less that we had before they got out of the car, I tried to explain.

The more we learn in science, the more it points to everything being connected. Some look at that and say "evolution." I look at that and say "the hand of one Creator." And here's the example I used with them: look at Maurice Sendak or Kevin Henkes illustrations. These two men are writers and illustrators of some of our favorite books. I remember the first time I recognized a Kevin Henkes book by the pictures and not by the author's name. The same hand had created the illustrations and there were similarities of style and composition that just jumped out at me. Our Creator created us in His image. Would it not stand to reason that His creations would also have similarities of style and composition?

I'm glad that my girls would say that No, science doesn't make belief in God obsolete. But I want them to be able to explain that belief. If they just repeat what Mommy wants to hear, that won't help them. But if they can make connections and share those connections with their friends, just think what could happen.


  1. My friend Rob says that there's always something that science can't explain. That's where God comes in.

  2. I don't know how you can experience childbirth, see a rainbow, see the awesome power of a tornado or any of the other amazing things that happen in nature and science and not have it confirm that there is a God.

    The evidence of Him is everywhere.