Clergy Column | The Rev. Preston Benson

April 20, 2013 

It has been proposed and perpetuated that life began with basic amino acids and a convergence of all the right elements. What is intriguingly apparent in many of the more recent scientific studies from the universe to the complexity of the genome is that these building blocks are more complex than was once theorized.

Scientists recently made a remarkable discovery: The sun by all measurement capabilities is a perfectly round sphere. On the surface, this may seem unremarkable, but when you consider the primary elements of the sun are gas and molten matter that is all held together by magnetism, and it’s not a solid mass, it would be assumed that there would be variances in the sun’s spherical shape.

However, the fact is the scientists who made this discovery were baffled by their own findings because they expected there to be a measurable bulge. “The sun is nearly the roundest object ever measured. If scaled to the size of a beach ball, it would be so round that the difference between the widest and narrow diameters would be much less than the width of a human hair,” according to the research of Jeff Kuhn and Isabelle Scholl of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Rock Bush of Stanford University; and Marcelo Emilio of the Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil.

You may be wondering if this is a clergy article. The answer is yes — I am not a scientist who got lost in the clergy section of the newspaper. I am a pastor who lives in a town shaped by higher education, and I have no difficulty uniting science with my faith in God.

I interpret this discovery about the sun’s spherical perfection with an understanding that does not leave me with spiritual deficit. What is intriguing is why science and state education is so opposed to considering that there may be a designer who brought all these wonderful elements together in such a way to sustain life.

What is more concerning is that our tax-funded education is so openly opposed to the notion of a Creator that the next generation is being molded by theories that are crumbling at their foundations. At what point does the scientist step back and acknowledge that what was once thought to be simple and random is infinitely more complex and arranged than theorized? The unwillingness to intelligently consider all options borders on the same foolishness that compelled ancient religious leaders to suggest that the Earth was flat.

In my mind’s eye, I envision scientists and educators rubbing their chins and scratching their heads when it becomes so blatantly clear that the theory “In the beginning God created ...” may not be that big of a step in faith.

Preston Benson is pastor at Bethel Church of State College. Contact him at pastorpreston@comcast.net.

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