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The Wonder of It All

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A Christian and an atheist on a date.

Olivia: Wow — the stars are really coming out in force.

Pam: Yeah, away from the city and with the new moon, there’s nothing to get in the way.

Olivia: See, there’s your problem right there.

Pam: What do you mean?

Olivia: Well, I know you’re into science and you don’t believe in God, right?

Pam: So?

Olivia: You don’t have to get defensive. I don’t mean anything bad. But when I look up into the sky, I kind of lose myself in its beauty. I can imagine becoming one with the universe, and can kind of feel my place and my connectedness to it all. But when you look at the stars, it’s all about light pollution and nuclear physics. I’d hate to lose my ability to just enjoy beauty.

Pam: What are you talking about? I think the night sky is gorgeous! Knowing how it works doesn’t take anything away from that. In fact, I feel like I have two ways to be amazed by it — I can be dazzled by its beauty, and I can wonder at the immense awesomeness of balls of fire thousands of times bigger than this planet looking like shimmering pinpricks.

Olivia: It’s just not the same. You can’t appreciate the simplicity of beauty anymore.

Pam: I can still appreciate beauty as a thing on its own, if that’s what you mean.

Olivia: But you can’t feel that you’re connected in the same way I can. I feel blessed and humbled knowing that in a sense all this was created for me.

Pam: You’re right that I don’t feel that, but I do feel a connection to the stars because I know that every atom in my body was at one time in the heart of a star just like the ones above us now.

Olivia: Seriously? I thought atheists didn’t have fairy tales.

Pam: It’s not a fairy tale; it’s science.

Olivia: Whatever. But come on, look at the stars. Really look at them. How can you think that such glory just happened by chance because a bunch of atoms bounced around at random? Could it really be a coincidence that there is so much beauty all around with only humanity here to appreciate it? For example, did you know that scientists have proven that green is the most pleasant and calming color? It can’t be a coincidence that the natural world is dominated by the color that’s most beneficial to humanity. It’s evidence upon evidence that the world was created for humanity by a loving God.

Pam: It’s just evidence that we evolved on a planet that has lots of green on it.

Olivia: Then how do you explain constellations? Every culture in the world independently noticed that there are pictures in the heavens. How could the stars possibly be arranged into pictures without a divine hand to move them about? And how could it be that we just happen to be on the one planet in the entire universe from which you can see those pictures?

Pam: I don’t know how many cultures see constellations, but I do know that not all cultures see the same pictures. They might see some of the same groupings, but that’s just because there are some bright stars that happen to be together. Not every culture sees the same people and animals, because the pictures are barely hinted at by the stars. They aren’t exactly dot-to-dot drawings, and I don’t see why the Christian God would put a bunch of pictures from Greek mythology in the sky.

Olivia: See, that’s exactly what I was saying. You have to pick everything apart and try to figure out how it works. You can’t just enjoy the beauty around you.

Pam: Sometimes beauty can be disappointing when you really get to know it. I’ll give you that.

 


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Posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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