Archive for April, 2020

One of these things is not like the other…

Its been an interesting day. Enforced by the realization that I am a bit of an enigma.

I spent most of the day writing code and answering technical support calls.

I get off work [from home], and head to a worship team meeting at church. Don’t freak out … there were only 10-ish of us, we practiced social distancing protocol, and there was enough hand sanitizer to drown an elephant. I came home and spent an hour on a Zoom conference with a few buddies doing a Bible study.

Earlier in the day, my wife reminds me that we have our monthly free Audible credit and its my turn to select the book! After a lot of searching, I landed on “The Theory of Everything” – by Stephen Hawking – narrated by Michael York. What more could you ask!

Then, I went over and took a quick picture of the top bookshelf in my office:

This is where my most recent books go.

The vertical books on the left are things that I have reverenced in the not-so-distant past. Books on calculus, Tesla, Einstein, and electrical engineering. Further to the left off the screen are a few text books on physics, Java, cryptography, and computer hardware engineering.

The horizontal books are what I am currently reading. The only omission is the CEV Bible that stays on [or near] my desk.

The two books on the bottom would seem [according to the view of the world (and sometimes religion)] diametrically opposed. “On the Shoulders of Giants” is the combined works of Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. The other is the cumulative works of John Wesley, one of Christianity’s most prolific theologians and the founder of the Methodist movement.

By their very definition, the super natural cannot be explained by the natural … and vice versa. As such, I have no problems believing in a super natural creator, and a natural creation. Science and religion need not clash nor coincide, because the are totally separate domains.

I often get caught between worlds that simply refuse to agree. But through it all I am excited to explore a universe whose mysteries we can solve, and follow a Creator who we can only hope to understand.