I was first introduced to fractals as a student dramaturg for the play “Arcadia” where it is was my job to make fractals understandable to the general audience. Although I tried to understand the mathematics behind them, without understanding the basics of logarithms (log1) (logs2) which composed of their math, I was not successful beyond the surface. Because without the understanding of the basic components, all one could hope to do was find appreciation and admiration at the chaos that somehow fits into an extraordinary pattern. I suppose I was able to come to a shallow understanding of functionality of fractals, a repeating pattern of points in nature that are slightly off by the smallest fraction which is enough to propel the pattern forward creating a visible difference, but I have not really grasped the full extent of how fractals work or define the math behind them.
In a way, our traditional attempts to understand God, is similar to my trying to understand fractals. We cut off our knowledge by refusing to accept anything that challenges our idea of God, as being false, instead of wondering, “maybe the components that we have assigned to God, are only the ones that fit our narrative of who we think God is.”
If logic can be found in all things, then is God logic? If he is, then the more we seek to find reason or discover the science of God, the closer we come to seeing him for who he is, or at least seeing him beyond our personal narratives.
So this section of my blog: “Deliberate God” is an attempt to see beyond the current narratives of our faith. An attempt to let God fit into our present and future. To consider that at the time Christ was on earth, he had knowledge into the scientific discoveries of 2017, 2035, and beyond yet had to speak to his audience’s level of knowledge so not to overwhelm them or make them more fearful than they were. Through this blog, “Deliberate God”, I want to show that the more we learn about our world around us and the people that are composed of and lived in our world, the more we learn about God.
All we can really do is “attempt” to know God, so that in the pursuit of knowledge we will gain just a little more than we did before so that our minds can expand to accept more than before. Broaden your understanding and join me on this journey of philosophy, psychology, science, math, Biblical text, history, and Art.