“Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters in a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each…and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth. Pope Francis,” Laudato Si (2015)
Where is God?
The Breath of God
The very creation of the world that evolved over billions of years is about the Creator that continues to create through the movement of stars, planets, and tectonic plates in the earth. The science that helps us understand the evolution over billions of years is the very hand of God.
Diana emphasizes this point in her sense of the breath of God. “After 2.3 billion years ago, ancient organisms called cyanobacteria appeared on the earth. They survived on photosynthesis, using energy from the sun to produce oxygen. Oceans became saturated with this oxygen and escaped into the atmosphere, and thus the air we breath today came into being. Scientists call this the Great Oxygenation Event. We call it “the breath of God.”
In the second verse of the book of Genesis it reads,”The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”At each stage of creation, God breathes new life in the world. God is literally the air by which all human life depends. (Bass, Chapter 3)
Connecting the Dots between Faith and Science
During the conference we shared from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Humanist perspectives why we need to strengthen our resolve to reverse ecological disaster for the sake of humanity and the planet we share. What we attempted to show is what Pope Francis shared, it takes all of us, religious and non-religious neighbors to halt the tide of destruction. The encyclical of Pope Francis on care for our common home was written for a worldwide audience, not merely Catholic or religious in order to underline that point.
Science and faith can help each other root ourselves in a new way we envision the world, humanity, and our vital link to the Lord of Creation. A great cultural, spiritual, and educational stands before us as we look toward a new lifestyle, a more profound and honest relationship between humanity and the environment, and an ecological conversion. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si 201-204)