Birds Don't Study Geometry

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It's hard to be an atheist with so much evidence around pointing a Master Designer

Submitted: August 21, 2017

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BIRDS DON'T STUDY GEOMETRY

They begin life banging at the inside of a hard calcium-based shell...After they break free, they have breakfast for a couple of weeks and then, if they have survived their siblings and other predators, their mother pushes them out of their comfy nest high up in a tree hoping they can fly...

Most of them can and do...

They are born able. They understand aerodynamics at birth....Knowing instantly when to flap their suddenly-important wings and when to glide on a breeze...I was watching swallows today dive-bombing the grass I had just mowed in my yard...and swooping right past my head...

SCIENCE OR RELIGION...

This essay is not meant to promote either one...Please read to the end before you decide you know which side I'm on, if any...
But for the record, I am of the opinion that these two subjects are not at all at odds with one another....So many highly-intellectual men are theologians and I've heard the stories of scientists that find religion in the repeated unanswerable questions they find in their research the deeper they dig...

My father was a smart man with a working understanding of the world and the space around it...Electronics, plumbing, carpentry, chemistry, the natural world and many other things...He was curious about many things, so anything that he didn't know, he would find out by consulting books or asking one of the many smart guys that were his friends...

He was a radio operator on Guam and Iwo Jima in World War II and a camera repair expert for his entire life after that...He taught me to be fascinated by big subjects like space and the natural world that we discovered when we were camping and canoeing as I grew up...

I tell you these things in support of a different observation about my dad....
We always went to church when I was little, and although he alway stood up and tried his best every Sunday to follow along in those hymnbooks, and he sang out the best he could,  I always felt it was my mother propelling us in the direction of those familar Bible stories and Sunday school songs...
Later in his life, his faith in God seemed to grow deeper and at a time when I was looking for some anwers, I found myself asking him what his feelings had developed into, concerning God and Jesus and the Afterlife...

I think the question I asked went something like this, 
"How can a man who knows as much about the physical world as you do, have a workable religious faith like you seem to have...?"
His answer was something very like this, "Better safe than sorry..."

I have been a member of several different kinds of churches, from very strict ones with lots of rules and restrictions for their followers, to loosy goosy ones who don't even know who their members are and don't really even seem to care...

The earlier stuff about the birds is one example of stuff I keep tripping over...

I love my many flower gardens full of perennials that are like free gifts that present themselves every year...First the daffodils and crocuses...Then the irises and lilies with the deeply detailed veins of color in their close-ups....and the amazing delicate structure...
When I'm trying to understand atheism, these extraordinary flowers are big-time speed bumps that are hard to get over...

Atheists have very strong perspectives in their debate bags, especially the political and taxation issues...I know some very intelligent people who claim to be of this persuason...and I readily admit I don't know enough about it... 
But it's really hard for me to get my head and heart around it...
For one thing, I can't quite picture the lifestyle of an atheist as anything but study and taking issue with all things religious....I'm sure that they have the same kind of fun as the rest of us, but they are most certainly swimming against the current...

Did you ever see the movie "Contact" with Jodi Foster...? 
Written by astrophyicist, Carl Sagan, it's a story of a scientist who listens to huge radio telescopes out west and discovers a signal from an alien civilization...When they decide to build a space vehicle to take a human to the planet Vega, she wants to go... But a review board turns her down because she is an atheist...and they want to send a human that is representative of all humans....She is concerned that that shouldn't matter and they asked her,

"Can we feel you  really represent people of Earth if you honestly feel that the other 95% of us are suffering from some mass delusion...?"

It is an incredibly engaging novel and movie about human issues with regard to the Cosmos...written by an incrediblty intelligent and very decent man...He  used to go on Johnny Carson a lot before he died and he would tell us again and again about about the "bill-ionsss and bill-ionsss of stars in the universe..." and our relationship to them...

Okay...anyway...

Have you ever had something happen to you that you just couldn't explain in down-to-earth terms...? I have just a few...and there probably is some real and physical explanation that I'm not aware of...
I've never seen a ghost or a spirit, but I know people whom I believe completely when they tell me that they HAVE...
I'm unsure about the validity of most psychics, but it's hard to argue against the fact that there are some people throughout history that seem to be able to see things the rest of us cannot...
We all know the names of the most famous...Have you heard of Edgar Cayce...?
Those intuitive feelings appear to be expandable and they seem to be able to become more focussed through study and practice...I don't know...

But, back to my original idea about God, Religion and Science...

I was talking with a deeply commited Christian friend of mine some months ago...
These debates were always interesting and at one point in one of these discussions, I was sharing a personal feeling about all of this stuff....I was saying that these incredible, unexplainable, and beautifully symetrical things in our surroundings here on Earth seem to be the work of a Master Creator of some sort...

I had boiled all my feelings and observations down to an opinion something like this...

There is a Master Designer of all that we see, feel, and hear...I'm not absolutely sure of any of it, and definitely unable to understand it, but these questions have always been there in my mind...I have always found it hard to imagine that ANY entity large enough, intelligent enough, and powerful enough to create all that we see and feel, would surpass human understanding...
It's natural for people to project human characteristics onto things that are hard to visualize...like God...We give Him human gender and human emotions...
My feelings about it all were big and, in my mind,  totally respectful of God and all the humans who think about Him...I was convinced that God was just too big and too powerful...
and too BUSY....
to ever get involved in the heart, life and mind of something like me....A less-than micro speck of dust in the cosmos....But then, I realized...

I was putting limits on God...

I was projecting my own limited understanding of things onto whatever it is that created all the stuff I love and with which I am SO amazed...

Maybe He does get involved in the maintenance of the tiny humans He created....

I don't know...

Back  To Square One...


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