Trying to understand |

Trying to understand

Does your god allow you to see a flower? What mechanisms are involved? Is it magic, or does it have something to do with photons and electromagnetic waves? We don’t fully understand these theories, but we’ll gradually fill in the holes.

Does your god allow you to walk through a meadow of these flowers? What’s the mechanism of walking, at a molecular level? How do muscle cells work? Even with my degrees in chemistry and medicine, I understand very little of it. It has something to do with actin, myosin and ATP, and there are many scientists who know a lot more than that about it. However, it’s just a theory, and we haven’t filled in all the holes yet.

How did your god put you here? I don’t mean by magic, “poof, he made us.” I mean, what’s the mechanism? What steps did he use? Ninety-five percent of scientists believe that the mechanism is natural selection leading to evolution. However, the theory is only 150 years old, and there are still many holes in it. We’ll understand more in the future.

What on earth does any of this have to do with “I am the vine, you are the branches”?

R. Owen Barnes

Nevada City

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