Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. C. Dale German of Bethany is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His “Foundational to faith” letter was published July 20.
Meet the writer:
C. Dale German is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. German, 70, is a retired pastor in the Church of the Nazarene having served in Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon. He also taught at Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. Currently he is employed as an Oklahoma City Ambassador. You can find him driving water taxi boats on Bricktown Canal.
I'm not a scientist, but as a theologically schooled retired pastor I'd like to broaden “A matter of faith vs. reason” (ScissorTales, July 14). Detection of the Higgs boson is an amazingly intriguing scientific advance. May it yield ever more clues of the origin of matter! My comment has to do with the notion that faith and reason are incompatible. Reason is foundational to faith. Reason gives substance to faith. Faith without reason could become belief in total nonsense.
The origin of matter, whatever it is, comes from something else, whatever that is. Intelligent design doesn't exclude a big bang “theory,” and a big bang theory need not exclude an imponderable intelligent designer. Let the believer in God be excited about glimpsing a “God particle” and not rule out a big bang theory. And let the scientific God particle chasers not rule out the possibility of intelligent design behind the Higgs boson. It need not be “a super-colliding matter of faith vs. reason, the God partisans vs. the God particle chasers.” The dichotomy is not mutually exclusive.
No matter how we got here, human life itself is too complex to be random and purposeless. It's reasonable to believe by faith that only Intelligence could have put all of this together. Humanity's greater task is to find out not only how, but why.