In my first book, Curious Journey, I wrestled with the value of my personal story. Having grown up around what I thought to be purity in collection and interpretation of data (science) and being quite versed in modern philosophy, I had separated faith from the rest of my story.
As I began to string together what I had learned for certain in my then 50 years or so, I realized that my view of my story had refined into something very purposeful and powerful. Because there would only ever be one of me, I came to recognize my unique distinction in being made in the image of God. I am totally predictable – yet completely singular. One of a kind. Of designed value.
I am amazed that among the billions currently living on the face of the planet there is, and only ever will be, one of me. While my human characteristics are shared across centuries, races, and cultures, what I share in common in no way diminishes my personal uniqueness within the human family.
What I learned from the micro and macro of the sciences fueled my search for faith and helped set my sense of wonder on fire. As I sifted through the philosophies of antiquity and today, I encountered deeper things: some hedonistic and others crazy and still others insightful. These, along with the unfolding of personal faith, gave me a context for sorting out some of the more pressing questions of life.
Science brings massive knowledge and stimulation to our sense of wonder – if we allow it. Knowledge often serves humanity in absolutely staggering ways, and the pursuit of philosophy can broaden our horizons when thinking through personal constructs for life. This can help us determine where we are going and how we may get there. In faith I have found structure for meaning. In faith I discover not only stimulation to be everything I can be, but also the answers to questions science and philosophy don’t fully supply.
For instance, who determines that a child is born with a disability? Was it a choice either parent made? And what about the question of “why me?” There are so many questions only faith is equipped to navigate to a satisfying conclusion.
√ True science is undeniably beautiful.
√ Honest philosophy can free the mind.
√ Jesus’ Kingdom faith brings everything together and enlightens the heart.
By the way, faith is not synonymous with religion. We will discuss this in other essays. I don’t wish to be misunderstood concerning definition of authentic faith.
Here’s a good one from Isaiah 55:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Humbling, right?
Our journey: wonderful, terrible, challenging, and instructive in the greater things of life!
We enjoy traveling with you,
Dave and Burnadette