“The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.” – Anne Lamott
I’m one of those people that looks at science and nature in a way that it strengthens my faith instead of the other way around. Whether I’m looking up at the stars, or thinking about the vast size of the universe, or even just sitting in my backyard watching the hummingbirds and butterflies come and go, I find it impossible to do these things without feeling a sense of awe.
Recently, I was sitting in my living room with family and friends, and we were watching Cosmos on Netflix. It’s a show about astronomy and all of the wonders of the universe. I started espousing my beliefs, sharing that with the way the universe works so beautifully, and the miraculous way that evolution works, that I can’t imagine we are here just by chance, that I believe we are a part of something larger than any one of us will ever understand.
A jokester in the room said, “Yeah, but what was the real purpose behind the dinosaurs?” and laughed.
I thought to myself, “Well, damn.” I’ve never really thought of that point. What was the purpose of the dinosaurs existing on our planet for all of those years just to go extinct?Continue Reading