Day 308, Evening
Today’s evening meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.
Faith provides evidence for things not seen.
As your day begins, spend a few moments in silence and stillness.
For centuries, science and religion worked together, learning from creation. But when Copernicus discovered that the Earth was not the center of the universe—and Galileo validated his observations—Christian leaders were not willing to change their thinking. This was the beginning of the rift between science and religion.
Although the faith tradition insisted that there was indeed “evidence for things not seen,” too often the common notion of faith became something like “whistling in the dark,” or a kind of rugged holding-on that equated faith with a dogged perseverance and love of “old time religion.” It had little to do with discerning the actual evidence that was commonly available in the present, in the mind, memory, heart, soul, and in creation itself.
Fortunately, like never before in history, this generation has at its disposal new and wonderful evidence from science. After centuries of dualistic dismissal, religion is finally ready to befriend the wisdom of science. And science is regaining the humility to recognize that the intuitions and metaphors of religion are not entirely naïve. They are both in their own way trying to honestly name our human experience, and they are actually quite attuned to each other.
(BC) The Belgic Confession
(CAC) The Center For Action & Contemplation
(CD) The Canons of Dort
(CIB) Church In Bethesda Prayers
(DZ) Donna Z.
(HC) The Heidelberg Catechism
(IO) Inward Outward
(MAO) Michael A. O’Sullivan
(NT) The New Testament
(OT) The Old Testament
(RP) Ryan Phipps
(TAO) The Tao Te Ching
(WC) The Westminster Confession
(WLB) Words To Live By
(WLC) The Westminster Larger Catechism
(WSC) The Westminster Shorter Catechism