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Pentecost Ponderings: Reflecting on Science and Religion

Who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south?Job 9:9

Today is my birthday, and yes I’m at the office. If for no other reason than to offer this awesome little reflection from Mayim Bialik. Mayim is well known throughout geek culture for the role she plays on the TV show Big Bang Theory. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it is centered around a number of characters who are unabashed nerds. They are scientists, socially awkward, and are into nearly everything in the world of fandom: comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons or roleplaying games of any type… the list goes on and on. Mayim plays Dr. Amy Farah Fowler, a neurobiologist and counterpoint/love interest for Dr. Sheldon Cooper. What most people don’t realize is that Doctor Mayim Bialik, while an actor, also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She also is Jewish, and as part of her studies also took minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies. As such, she is both a scientist and an active person of faith.

A few months ago she released a video on her personal “vlog” where she responded to people asking her about being a scientist and a person of faith. What she shared is definitely worth sharing with you. When you have some time today, follow this link and listen to what she has to say:

Hopefully, as you’ve gotten to know me, I resonate deeply with her perspective. In my case, I have a love and enjoyment of science, particularly in the field of Astronomy, but I am also a person of faith who chose to follow a career in it. I hope that Dr. Bialik’s reflection gives you something to think about that the exploration of our universe is a way that we can learn about and draw closer to God.

Yours in Christ,

John

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