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Day 26 of the #wearebookedphotochallenge- Book to Movie: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I loved this movie! It was a fantastical journey and those scenes with the tiger (aka Richard Parker) in the boat were incredible. It made me want to go back and read the book! #books #reading #booklover #readinglist #bookchallenge #bookstagram #bookgram #booksofig #authors #traciereads #movies #LifeOfPi

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“The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity - it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.”

Dawkins, Doubt and Jesus

 “It’s as though they were just planted there, without any evolutionary history” – Richard Dawkins (The Blind Watchmaker)

“My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken me?” – Jesus (Matthew 27, Psalm 22)

“They’re all in the same plane. They’re all going around in the same direction…It’s perfect, you know. It’s gorgeous. It’s almost uncanny.” - Astronomer Geoff Marcy describing the solar system (A short history of nearly everything).

 Atheists and people of faith share a huge amount of commonality, beyond positioning themselves as common enemies. It’s true, they tend to be represented by the most entrenched/insecure of their clans, which makes distinction easy and the unifying factors of our belief frameworks obscure.

If we can define a spiritual journey as ‘trying to understand our origins and place in the world’ then whatever worldview, or narrative we choose, we are on a spiritual journey. If these are not questions that you consider then maybe you are spiritually lazy.

Followers of Jesus and their Atheist counterparts have a lot to learn from one another. If only we would step out of our trenches and exchange photographs we would find a satisfying array of similarities between a theist and an atheist.

For sure – both have placed themselves within a defined framework that seeks to affirm their worldview. However, these frameworks are both built on the same matchsticks, or to be more specific, empty space. If we track back, both the atheist and the believer assert that something, namely all known matter in the whole universe, came out of nothing. Despite all our rationale, theology, thinkers, fossils and understanding of the world; it comes down to either-

A bang caused by nothing, made of un-made nothing made something.

Or

A God, caused by nothing, always existing and never created made something.

Really? It comes down to that?

It would seem so.

This is surely enough to illicit at least a degree of humility in the most stalwart militant atheist or fundamentalist Christian. For all of us, our spiritual adventure starts with doubt, and to claim we don’t have questions is either ignorance or dishonestly.

Indeed, the books contained within the Bible ask some huge questions of God, the book of Job, psalms and Jesus’ cry on the cross set a fantastic precedent for holding our doubt with integrity. Meanwhile Newton and other Christian scientists advanced the stream of scientific wonder that Dawkins now places himself within.  

And there are more doubts than simply our origins. For the Christian it’s the unanswered prayer, the conflicting denominations and the pain in the world. For the Atheist (and Christian evolutionist) it’s the Cambrian explosion – as referred to by the above Dawkins quote, the rumours of another world and the supernatural and unexplained experiences in their lives and those around them. And there are many more for both respective groups.

I’m sure that individuals within both groups wrestle with doubt to different degrees. We seek our experts to calm our nerves and quiet our questions and surround ourselves with people who have the same tattoos while appearing as obelisks of certainty when confronted.

And despite this, despite the questions and the uncertainly, both the Atheist and the follower of Jesus have made a decision. They have made a choice and chosen a tribe. Which, ironically, is yet another unifying factor between us, and surely the basis of a fascinating conversation. It’s not that we have chosen doubt, but our choices bring questions with them.

It takes a secure believer of any ideology to admit their doubts, and an even more secure one to admit them to someone of another narrative. But maybe, that is where we can learn from one another and share our spiritual questions. As fun as regurgitating the same arguments on bland forums can be, I hope there is a narrower path that can be walked to the benefit of all. 

I’ll close with this quote from Yann Martel- 

“I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” then surely we are also permitted to doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” - Yann Martel (Life of Pi)