A Special Message to Christian Followers
This page is aimed at my Christian readers and Twitter followers who are interested in helping a little towards this project. Its aim is to promote an understanding that God, science, religion and creation all go hand-in-hand: they are complementary.
Helping is really easy. It just involves telling people about the two books I have written which put this idea across in a really simple way. And you can tell them in person or online. There are numerous ways explained here.
Let's Remove the Confusion!
The fish (or ichthus) symbol, without the modern 'Jesus' legend within it, is as old as Christianity. It probably originated in its basic form as a secret way of conveying to someone you were a follower of Christ; a quick double-stroke in the sand with a stick, naming no names.
A lot of people were hounding Christians in those days. And there are still those hounding them today. The 'Darwin' mockery of Christianity, the ichthus with legs, is meant to draw attention to Darwin's theory of evolution: implying life is a natural process that did not require a God—or involve Jesus. The aim of my 'Reality Check Project' is to show that, unknowingly, this intended slight against Christianity actually represents the total creation of God. God created something embracing evolution which evolved into the world we know today. Not that I commend the Darwin Fish symbol, of course, because of its understood implications! It is ironic that the mocking symbol contains Darwin, because he was just part of God's creation. In reality, it is the Jesus version which really has legs! The Darwin fish symbol is a visual representation of a common source of confusion in the modern world. (Please never use it!)
Fighting the Rise of Atheism
The strength of religion today seems to rely on:
In other words, it mainly relies on utter faith rather than logic or hard evidence. Thomas Aquinas said, 'To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.' Well, my books, and this Reality Check Project, seek to offer an explanation, because nothing short of that will do for many people in the modern world.
"Faith" is required by God, but where the conscious mind fights the very concept of a higher intelligence—or God—there can be little chance of acquiring faith. Science has done many great services to mankind, but it has also done one great disservice: such confidence in his own ability that he sees no need for a God. We might be bending the very building blocks of life through genetics, but never lose sight of the fact we didn't create them in the first place!
The ultimate aim of science is to come up with a "Theory of Everything" which links... well: everything! Ironically the scientist usually misses the point with this: if everything is linked, there must be something causing this to be so. Such total unity can only be explained by a single creative force: God.
I aim to show those who believe science obviates the need for a God (eg sympathisers of Richard Dawkins, the most prolific atheist), that, actually, there IS a need for God.
In a debate between Richard Dawkins and the famous scientist and believer, Francis Collins—he who headed the project which decoded the human genome—Dawkins argued you don’t need any 'design' for our world to have come into being. Collins argued my case that God, the creator, is beyond space and time. During this discussion, Collins says: "At the moment of the creation of the universe, God could also have activated evolution, with full knowledge of how it would turn out." When Dawkins later had a weak moment and admitted: "There could be something incredibly grand and incomprehensible and beyond our present understanding,"—meaning beyond his understanding—Collins leaped in with: "That’s God." Dawkins countered with: "But it could be any of a billion gods. It could be God of the Martians or of the inhabitants of Alpha Centauri." And with those very words, I contend, Dawkins shot himself in the foot, because this comment reveals he entirely misses the point that a God of our universe could not also be a part of that universe—any more than an artist can be a living part of a picture he paints.
There is a scientific need for something to have created the Big Bang and to sustain the resulting creation: something beyond that creation. And one of the ways I go about it is to logically prove that brain and mind are separate entities, and that mind lies outside the physical creation: wherein lies God: the mind of God. And that is why we were created in the 'image of God', as the Bible puts it: through our minds we are in the mental image of God.
Evolution is an efficient mechanism for deriving stable living creatures in this world. Why assume God did not figure this one out and use it? I shows that, far from disproving evolution, Genesis actually confirms it, providing details its authors could not have known at the time, and thereby proving divine inspiration. After all, mankind only really cottoned-on to evolution with Darwin.
So here are the basic precepts of the two books I have written on the subject:
Help Show How Religion and Science Should
My Christian Journey
My first job was in research and development. That was where I learned to question everything to make sure the facts were right. As a result I questioned whether there was a God or not.
I think it was after I read Supernature, by Lyall Watson, that I began to perceive that everything in our world was far more intimately linked than we normally imagine. His book, and others on metaphysics and near-death experiences, including some rather far-out ones, fascinated me so much that I was thereafter hooked into puzzling out the true links between everything to the fullest.
At this point I was agnostic. I was open to the idea of a God, but I needed some hard evidence to convince me. I was not an atheist because that would represent a closed mind. I was into science and technology and, as a result, I had an open mind.
My next career step took me into logic design. I learned to think logically, and I applied that to my thoughts about God, creation and supernatural phenomena. I started to read—and re-read—the Bible throughout, cover to cover. I still do that, although I now concentrate more on the New Testament.
Over some three decades, a combination of research, pondering and inspiration led me to a position where I was able to fully accept there was a God. I became a believer. Because this was the result of "thinking" and "reasoning", my newfound faith was underpinned by a certainty that nothing could ever dissuade me from this belief. Unusually, my path to faith had been a scientific process.
Since I have been a believer I have had many "spiritual experiences" which have strengthened my faith. Like immediate answers to Biblical or metaphysical questions posed, and healing. Like the sense of peace that prayer has brought to me under difficult circumstances. And that faith is strengthened every time I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in my body during prayer, and when I enter a church and feel its presence.
As an interesting aside, I find the strength of the Holy Spirit that I experience varies in different churches and cathedrals. Often it is the strongest in old village churches or chapels set aside for prayer and weakest in those most often visited by tourists. It is as if the strength of the spirit becomes muted by countless tourists who have no faith and see only the architecture. I can only conclude the Spirit prefers places where people seek its presence. Regular prayer creates such a place within your own home.
Jesus said that we should have faith like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 18:17). Since that was the only route during his time on earth, that was the best possible advice. But today, some of us need convincing first: convincing that science does not rule out there being a God.
My position is this. It is reasonable to have faith in science: as a means of finding out more about our world. It is also reasonable to believe in a force behind the things science cannot explain: that which created the start of our world, at the Big Bang, and which continues to exert the binding force which holds together our atoms. That force, that creative intelligence, is God. Once you can accept the logic behind there being a God, then you can move towards a position of pure faith... like that of little children!
My investigations into all this were extensive many years ago. Since then they have quietly matured, and what I take to be God-centred inspiration has played an important part in that. What I love about the position I came to was its simplicity. And that is why I use the following two quotes in Flying a Kite. They are from Albert Einstein, a man who knew a thing or two about science and our world...
As a Christian, I have shown the Christian slant to my beliefs, but my conclusions about our creator are equally valid for other faiths accepting a single God.
I wrote Reality Check: Science Meets Religion to help people curious to find a logical route to God that rings true in a modern world. Then I wrote my novel Flying a Kite as an easy route that could be taken by those who would be unlikely to read anything about God. I am praying my Christian followers will recommend these books and that my work will, as a result of their help, bring more people to think about, and finally accept, God—and to thereafter develop a personal faith. To hear this has happened from individuals would be the best possible outcome.
Thank you so much if you become one of those helpers! Please click here to find out how you can easily achieve this.
Ian Kingsley, 2013
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