I drove my son to his baseball game on Wednesday night.
[TIME OUT FOR PARENTAL BRAGGING: He hit a home run. He is awesome. OK, BACK TO BUSINESS]
We pulled up at a red light behind a Toyota with a Darwin fish on the back bumper.
“That is excellent,” he said. (My son is all about science.)
“Have you never seen that before?” I asked.
“No, I’ve only ever seen the Jesus fish ones, but that is great. It must really irritate fundamentalist Christians, though.”
“It might,” I said.
Then, struck by inspiration, I said, “Hey, I should get one of each.”
“Oh, right. ‘Cause you’re all science and story.”
“Yes! Darwin and the divine.”
“People would just think that there were two people in the house who couldn’t agree, so they got one of each.”
“Hmmm . . . You could be right.”
My son had hit on the key issue.
He’s right. People would assume conflict. We’re still shaking off the age of reason, so people would assume these two ideas to be incompatible. It’s still a reflex in our society to separate faith and science, when they are really comfortably complementary.
More and more scientists speak openly about faith without fear of being called looney-tunes for their beliefs. More and more people in churches, temples or mosques reject calls for blind faith.
Now I think I will get a Darwin fish and a Jesus fish.
I’ll place them on my car so they kiss each other.