Marriage is considering divorce

Removing my ring from my finger hurt me, so I hope you appreciate this photo.

Watching Q&A is something that I like to do. Virginia Trioli conducted the panel this week and at one point asked this:

Why does it matter so much to you people what one couple down the road might do if they decide to shack up together? Why do you believe that it is going to unpick the entire institution of marriage? I know gay couples who are together they have nothing to do with my marriage what so ever. “

Without commenting too much about the wording and tone of the question, I would like to look into this line of questioning from a different point of view. The question is unfair in as much as it contains implicit parameters which need to be unpacked and agreed to before the actual questions can be discussed. The Q&A format does not allow for this type of in depth analysis.

The question contains a hint of what Virginia thinks marriage is, or more to the point what marriage is not. It seems to me, that those who want marriage, but are currently unable to have it, spend a lot of time telling us what marriage is not.

The whole debate around marriage involves separating marriage from things that been associated with it up until we have been told otherwise. Why do I believe that is going to unpick the entire intuition of marriage? Because that is exactly what we are doing already!

I wonder if the separation rhetoric will actually have an impact on marriage in reality.

I wonder if we actually do change marriage will we realise that we have divorced marriage from many of the things that make it desirable?

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In the Higgs boson we trust?

In year 9 I really enjoyed SRE. Not because I was any kind of “good” Christian who enjoyed the content, but because the class always got the teacher off topic and they would bait him with “school boy” atheistic questions such as “if God made the world, then who made God?” The teacher would squirm out his unsatisfactory answers to this assault from four or five of the vocal students in the room. I would sit there quietly smiling at the situation. You see I have always been rather sceptical. I could not only see the problem with the teacher’s answers, but the problem with the questions also.

Fast forward a few years and I found a similar interest in in being lectured by two physics lecturers in the area of quantum cosmology. One looked into our mathematical understanding of the universe and saw that we needed no God, the other saw a beautiful mathematical order to the universe [his words] as confirmation of God. The “theological” banter between the two of them maintained an interest from their students that would have been otherwise absent. I am certain that the recent confirmation of the widely known little understood Higgs boson would have cemented each professor even further into their respective positions. The sceptic in me says both positions are arbitrary.

So where do I stand as a sceptic in all of this, well I believe in God of course. Not because I see the mathematical beauty in God’s created order, this is a position I hold as a result of me belief. Not because I see the world we are in now as improbable without God, although I certainly think that it is. I have faith in God, because I have faith in a man. My faith is not a leap I took. It is in a person who I know existed. He made some wild claims and others claim to have witnessed unlikely events surrounding him, but I have tested their claims in my mind and I feel that they are credible. You see this man knows me. I can see it in what he says and how he says it. I trust in my relationship with him far more that I trust in the confirmation of the mathematical order of the world by any Higgs boson.