Monday, November 22, 2004

A response

Reader Brian takes me to task for poking fun at the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich. His comments are thoughtful and well-taken. But I disagree that it is dishonest to conflate the grilled cheese story with young-Earth creationism.

If the universe is less than 10,000 years old, then everything we have learned about physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy since Galileo is wrong. Young-Earth creationism is grilled-cheese science.

I have no problem with 13-billion-year creationism. What caused the Big Bang? Some folks say, "God did it." I say, "I don't know." The two statements have exactly the same information content.

What is not in doubt is that the universe is shot through with mystery that none of us understands, and that deserves our awe and reverence.