And then I wrote: As I have mentioned, in 2009 the Redemptorist Press invited me to write a series of reflections on issues of religion and science for the Sunday bulletins that are distributed in churches throughout the United Kingdom.
As it happens, the days of the week in 2009 match those of 2020 (after this year's leap day) and the liturgical calendar also matches; thus, both in 2009 and 2020, the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time falls on 2 August. Here's what I wrote for the that reflection:
Children are fascinated by nature. They are tireless collectors of rocks and bugs, and full of curiosity about the sky and stars. Sadly, by the time they become teenagers, much of that enthusiasm is lost. That also happens with religion, of course. Too many people stop learning anything new about their faith by the time they finish with confirmation classes. And so too often we go through life with a 12-year-old’s understanding of both our universe and our creed. We think science is just a big book of facts, and religion a big book of rules.
With every other aspect of life, as we grow older our world becomes a little more complicated, more nuanced, and frankly more interesting. But the “big book of facts” myth is hard to shake. You will find even scientists claiming to have “proved” some new fact, when in fact they’ve proved no such thing.
Science describes, it does not prove. And those descriptions are constantly open to improvement.
Say you walk into a room, flip the switch on the wall, and the light comes on. For you, that’s “proof” enough that the switch controls the light. But in point of fact…
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