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Getting 'Lost' again

If you're a Lost fan, you might want to head over to Exploring Our Matrix, where James McGrath is posting on the series again. I particularly found interesting his post on a possible explanation behind the Lost universe.

One of his other posts reminds me of one of the reasons I've periodically enjoyed this television series: its exploration of the relationship between faith and science. The conflict between Jack and Locke is frequently represented as "science versus faith." On the one hand, I roll my eyes that once again folks are pitting the two against each other. Heh, I'm not by any means highly educated when it comes to the sciences, but I don't think the two need be at odds--indeed, I believe that they are not at odds. I'm among those who think that if God is who he says and can do what he says, then the divine is inseparately intertwined with what we see, touch, feel and observe. Or, as Paul puts it: "But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being" (Romans 1:20 Message). I get somewhat frustrated by groups who put down stakes on both sides of the issue. Those on the "science side" too easily dismiss any suggestion or relevance of the divine related to the the world we observe. And those on the "faith side" too often dismiss, reject or belitte what is obviously observable in the world around us. I deeply appreciate Willard's call to end this impasse in Blind Science vs. Blind Faith: Some thoughts at breaking the deadlock:

It is painful to observe that our culture provides no friendly meeting place for the authorities of science and religion to engage in good‑faith efforts to understand the truth about our life and our world. . . . To be genuinely open to truth and able to seek it effectively is surely one of the greatest human attainments. I am convinced that it can come only as a gift of grace. It implies faith in a cosmic context where one no longer feels the need to hide, to invoke explanations that really explain nothing at all but simply enable one to hold a position with an appearance of reasonableness. . . .

The impasse of authorities confronting authorities (or intimidating others) begins to dissolve when prepared and thoughtful people devote themselves to the humble examination of facts and evidence rather than to defending their positions. It is difficult to imagine anything more necessary and Godlike than this. We must escape the cultural deadlock that is turning universities—and churches—into places of “right views,” rather than thought and knowledge, and producing a Christian personality split into a religious side and a professional, intellectual side which never come into contact.

If you're into this topic, you may find the rest of the article interesting. As for this blog's take on Lost, see here and here. I must admit, the series does put God-talk into open spaces, heh.