Sunday, May 2, 2010

I'm a Christian. I'm a scientist.

If you know me at all, you probably know at least one of two these two things about me;
1. I am a Christian
2. I am a scientist, a geologist specifically.

Whenever I tell people these two facts about myself, I am always asked about how can I possibly be both. How can I believe in God and yet also sit through lectures on the theory of evolution? Being a Christian and a scientist was never a problem for me until people started asking me these questions. I find it irritating, because I find myself spending time trying to find satisfying answers to these questions that, to me, are needless and irrelevant. I'd rather be studying the stories written in the rocks, or studying God's word.

From my own experience, I've come to the conclusion that, as a group, Christians are more hostile towards scientists in general than scientists are towards Christians. Scientists, even those that do not believe in God, know that they must allow for the possibility of a God, and they dutifully make those concessions. Christians however, tend to view all scientists as being anti-God and generally look at all scientists as people who are sadly lost. There certainly are scientists in existance who are hostile towards those that choose to live by faith, but in my own experiences I have been more afraid to tell my Christian friends that I am a scientist than I was to tell my geology classmates that I am a Christian.

As a rule of life, I believe that all fears, hatred and misunderstanding come from ignorance and a lack of communication. I've always wanted to write, and these are the two things I care about the most: my faith in God and my love for studying the history recorded in the rocks. I have a lot to say about both of these things and so, I think I am going to write blogs explaining the science to the Chrisitians and showing scientists that faith is not necessarily undermined by revelations in science.

I wish I could really get started right now, but seeing as I am writing this at 2 am, I doubt I could do my arguements any justice at this hour. I will post again soon, if you are interested, check back. :-)