“Seasons can turn on a dime, somehow I forget every time”
2 weeks of surprisingly warm weather changed practically overnight. Rain fog and a severe drop in temperature hit us last week. This morning however, the sun is shining through bouncing clouds, lifting lazy fog off the pine trees, revealing the valley in a new, autumnesque hue.
Sweet earthy scents, promises of mushroom gravy and roasted chestnuts. What is it about the fall? There is a poetry to this season, that the others only write songs about. Perhaps, it’s just my personal temper. Perhaps, it’s because it speaks to me of human characteristics: So potent with adventure, yet fading. Shining, yet fallen, like de-colored leaves.
It often puzzles me, how humanity willingly has let go of this both-and take on the human condition. What L’Abri founder Francis Schaeffer referred to as “glorious ruins”. All people are amazing, yet messed up. To me, this is one of the most convincing biblical truths. An intellectually satisfying turn to a philosophical dead end: “How can I be good and bad at the same time?”.
I used to think, that the next big thing would set me straight. That the next cool project would get me more cash, a better apartment, a funkier car and that would land me that beautiful women and a they-lived-happily-ever-after. It never worked, of course. Still, I went from one castle in the sky to the next. No wonder. All I ever learned in school, was “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist”.
At L’Abri, that’s an idea that daily gets challenged.
Let’s be honest: We can’t measure the supernatural. Dead end. Right? … There’s more to it. But seriously, can we prove or disprove the existence of anything metaphysical?
Ultimately, we cannot *know, whether God exists or not. How’s that for an idea for a refreshing conversation? Especially, perhaps for religious people – Christians included – who takes God’s existence for granted.
Let’s be fair: It’s good not to have God’s existence proven. It’s good not to jump on the modernist band-wagon of assumed confidence in knowledge. We believe in something we cannot see or measure. We put our trust in supernatural justice, love and grace, as lived by Jesus Christ.
That might sound foreign to the contemporary mind. It’s not a ‘modern’ idea. But frankly, the enlightenment breakthrough in the laboratories, never worked very well as a life-philosophy: “Only what you can weigh, measure and test repeatedly is trust-worthy”. Crucial to science, yes (I absolutely love science), but as a worldview, it falls short. Try to measure love.
The new atheist movement (the anti-religious bus-ad movement) are navigating in the same grey zone – attempts to disprove the existence of God, by way of science. Self-contradictory from the get-go, you say? … Thankfully, Richard Dawkins and his likes have been severely criticized by scientists of poor science.
When scientists move into the metaphysical, they lose what’s crucial: the proof. Taking on the air of scientific authority to explain things beyond the physical realm is called scientism, and it’s not something scientists takes lightly.
That leaves us at a great place to start afresh the conversation on what life is all about. About what meta narratives that are worth dreaming about. But Christians need to remember, that we cannot know and perhaps too, non-believers could consider the same.
Top quote by Tom Waits