after two days of explaining science in general;
after one day of no classes as students learned about a new initiative;
I leap into physics and zoology tomorrow.
inspired by the physics book, I explained things this way to both classes...
Science is the human attempt to understand the order of nature. Religion is the human attempt to understand the purpose of nature. They are not the same. However, they are not polar opposites of which you have to pick one. A scientist who spends much energy trying to disprove the truths of a religion is as wrong in my book as a religious person who fights against what science has taught us.
(then having a plant or two handy)... I can look at this plant and wonder about how it grows and do an experiment to understand it better as a scientist. I can also look at this plant and be inspired by its beauty in a spiritual way. Neither way is wrong. Just two ways to witness the world. This class is about science, it is not about bashing religion.
of course the horticulture classes leaped into the garden instantaneously
... will get back to my retreat posts soon.