I am having a really fun time this semester as I am getting comfortable tutoring the high school level of Classical Conversations Challenge II.
One of the things that I love about this program is that God is at the center of everything – and it is one of our goals to see through our studies that our seminars and coursework are not just related to one another in an interdisciplinary way, but that they point back to a Creator – the One True God. This graphic from Classical Conversations website shows how the Challenge program for middle and high school is designed to fit together:
I like to imagine the Lord is sitting in heaven delighting when we see His hand through patterns and innate particulars of nature and ourselves. I imagine these discoveries and light bulb moments bringing a smile to his face as we understand that He has showed himself in all creation.
Two interesting YouTube videos have floated across my screen recently that make be believe even more in a Creator. This first one is about music. Here, Bobby McFerrin demonstrates our innate music abilities:
Did catch what Bobby said after his demonstration? “What’s interesting to me about that is… regardless of where I am … anywhere … the audience gets that. It doesn’t matter… it’s the pentatonic scale for some reason.”
“For some reason” has meaning to me. We are created to love God and be loved by Him. Worship is one way we can show love to God. We can worship him in our actions and thoughts, and we can worship him in music. The reason we inherently “get” music is because I think God put that ability in us for a specific reason – to enjoy music, worship God and delight in his creation.
The other fun videos that I watched with Ben tonight have to do with Fibonacci Numbers (and Lucas Numbers – I’d never heard of those before!) Vihart has made a series of 3 amazing videos called “Doodling in Math.” Here’s the link to the first one:
God, the creator of everything, designed nature with a plan. A beautiful plan. A discoverable plan that reveals Himself. I believe that God wants to be discovered in the natural world so that we can learn about Him. If God has designed the natural world so well, he has designed us just as well, just as beautifully, just as good. Well, even better than the natural world, because we were made in His imagine (Genesis 1:27).
"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."--Romans 1:20 NLT
This is just one reason why I believe my Christian faith and science are not mutually exclusive. Science is an investigation of the universe and its properties which have been put in place by The One True God. When we investigate the world, we learn more about Him and we can grow in faith and confidence that His plan for our own lives is equally as well thought out and beautiful.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to reflect on these truths because of our dialectic discussions in Classical Conversations.