A deadly conflict

For ages, a deadly conflict has been waged between a few brave men and women of thought and genius upon the one side, and the great ignorant religious mass on the other. This is the war between Science and Faith. The few have appealed to reason, to honor, to law, to freedom, to the known, and to happiness here in this world. The many have appealed to prejudice, to fear, to miracle, to slavery, to the unknown, and to misery hereafter. The few have said ‘Think.’ The many have said ‘Believe!’

Robert Green Ingersoll, ‘Gods’

Unexpected revelation

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. – I John 4:16

A moment of clarity can materialize in the most unlikely of places – like while watching Kinsey on IFC a few nights ago. Who would have ever thought that I might have my faith strengthened while viewing a movie about sex research?

The film tells the story of Alfred Kinsey, author of the bestselling Kinsey Reports, a set of frank and scientific publications dealing with sexuality. After years of “hands-on” research had left the personal lives of his staff in ruins, one associate brought up the fact that Kinsey seemed to be incapable of understanding that love is one of the most essential components of sexual behavior. Kinsey replied, “Love is impossible to measure and impossible to quantify, and without measuring there can be no science.” That’s when the proverbial light bulb appeared over my head.

It feels like my faith has been on life support for many years; still there but virtually nonexistent. For so long I’ve questioned the reality of a higher power, mainly because there isn’t any tangible evidence that He exists. On the other hand, I believe in love regardless of the lack of evidence that it is anything more than a pleasant mixture of hormones and brain chemicals. I know it exists because (as cliched as it may sound) I can feel it in my heart.

The irony in all of this is that the Bible makes it clear that God is love. If God=love and love=God, is it really possible to believe in one without the other? Perhaps not. And maybe my feelings are sufficient enough evidence for both.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1