by Barry Newton
As I was recently reminded, standing in a shower can evoke thoughtful reflection. Years ago, I observed the tiniest of droplets bouncing off my shoulder in the sunlight from a high window. To my eye, the arc of their path appeared to be cut up by a strobe light.
Assuming that the strobe effect could not be credited to the light source, it seemed reasonable to conclude that this phenomenon revealed something about the functioning of our eyes.
Perhaps a biologist or doctor might weigh in on this. Might it be that our eyes function by a quick succession of impulses similar to the frames of a movie creating the illusion of continuousness?
More recently, shower thoughts turned to: If God created this world, what type of rock would He have made? Secondly, what should we expect to find if God created the earth?
Geology informs us that there are three types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Sedimentary rocks result from a process whereby previous rock or organic material becomes compressed to form a new rock. Would God have made sedimentary rock like, limestone, without it going through the formative process?
Today, igneous rock is formed when magma rises up from deep in the earth to cool and thus solidify. Did God create igneous stone like basalt?
Metamorphic rocks are the result of an existing rock being transformed into another form. I’ve been told that limestone can transform into marble under the right conditions. Did God create the earth with metamorphic rocks already in place?
How we answer such questions exposes our ideology and theology. Common sense tells us that if God created the world by speaking it into existence, then God also made rock. But whatever rock God created would appear to have a history, even though it was merely a day old.
Do I insist that everything which exists must have a naturalistic origin and therefore can be explained solely by naturalistic forces? Or can I accept that while naturalistic forces are at work today, not all of this world can be reduced to an historically accurate naturalistic explanation?
Finally, if God did create rocks and we can not distinguish between God-created rocks and those which have subsequently formed during earth history, what sort of attitude is warranted when talking about petrological origins?