(i.e. Why do I keep mentioning God?)
As I have said to many people over the years, although I originally did a straightforward Geology degree, it felt at the time as if I were doing the Philosophy of Science or, even, joint honours in Geology and Theology (if such a thing exists).
Although I cannot prove it, at the time (1983-86), I believe my faith in God antagonised my lecturers so much they did not give my work very high marks, which ultimately resulted in me not doing very well. Of course, it is equally possible that my high level of involvement in student activism (within the Christian Union) distracted me from my academic studies! However, in defence of my former hypothesis (that my faith annoyed people), I should say two things:
(1) In a weird case of possible pre-cognition, I decided to thoroughly research the Origin of Life for my 2nd-year exams and, when the subject came up, I duly wrote an essay which went through all the theories current at the time and pointed out the problems with each one; finishing with the conclusion that life on Earth may not be entirely capable of scientific explanation. (I know this annoyed the marker because he told me so; and would not release my essay to me afterwards).
(2) In my final year, I know for a fact that my final year dissertation supervisor was very annoyed by my general conclusions (again because he told me so), in which I quoted two famous geologists, as follows:
“Geology is a particularly alluring field for premature attempts at the explanation of imperfectly understood data” (Dana); and
“Geology has to choose between the rashness of using imperfect evidence or the sterility of uncorrelated, unexplained facts” (Gregory).
Leaving all that aside, however, my long journey from rejection of Young Earth Creationism (pre-1983) to possible acceptance of theistic evolution (post-2009) is detailed in my Falsifiable Theology ‘blog’ (so will not now be repeated here). However, as I am not maintaining the latter as a true blog, if people have any comments and/or observations they wish to make on this subject, please post them here (not there). Alternatively, why not become a friend of Falsifiable Theology on Facebook?
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important” (C. S. Lewis)
The trouble is, I know it all in my head but, life has not gone according to any discernable plan; I have never heard God speak to me; and nowadays I even doubt the experiential faith I once had. However, through it all, there is one thing I have always been sure of; that there are more important things in life than making a profit. Therefore, I believe that God would prefer us to be good stewards of our environment, rather than be those who just want to go forth and multiply; and fill, use, and have dominion over it (which is not going to end well).