Crossing and ticking life

Today in year 7 Science we were discussing the ethics of stem cell research and other life and death issues. Working at a faith based school, I had to provide (as information) the party line on the issue. I have a class that learns well, but they need significant support to do so, so I drew the graphic above. The idea was rather simple: which question marks would you replace with ticks and which would you replace with crosses. The trick was that I did not reveal the right hand quarter of the diagram until they had all made up their own minds. I did this to show them that it is not a straight forward issue.

The problem for me is I am constantly wavering on where I stand on this issue. I probably should do more research on it, but my diagram helps ….. I think ……

What do you think? Where do you put ticks and crosses? Why there and not somewhere else? Is this a useful image?

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.