Rush Limbaugh said recently on his radio program that you can’t believe in both global warming and God. That leaves me with a real dilemma, because up until now, I’ve believed in both. I’m left wondering whether to have more faith in Rush as a climatologist or as a spiritual leader. I may choose neither.
The first person in my life to suggest that science and religion don’t have to be opposed was my 10th grade biology teacher. In a discussion that would probably get him fired today, he responded to a student’s question about evolution vs. creation that he didn’t see why God couldn’t have created the world using evolution. It was a revolutionary thought. For more than a century, the idea that science would eventually explain everything, displacing the need for God, has been pervasive. But a funny thing has been happening: as our understanding of many fields of science has deepened, a number of leading scientists have increasingly declared that they believe they see the hand of God in their disciplines. Dr. Francis Collins, the renowned geneticist who led the project to map the human genome and a devout Christian, called DNA “The Language of God” in the title of his book. Even the famous atheist Einstein rejected The Big Bang Theory for years because of the theological implications of a moment of creation. From biology to chemistry to astronomy, science and faith are slowly being reconciled, one of civilization’s best kept secrets.
It’s time to get the word out that we can believe in both. We don’t have to choose between rational thinking and being spiritual. I can believe in a God who used The Big Bang and evolution to accomplish the stories in the Bible. What a relief…I’m not sure which part of my brain I’d have been able to successfully shut down.
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” –Winston Churchill