Sign of the 5th Dimension
(a Wandering Koala Tale)
by Jeff Thomason
Copyright 2010 Jeff Thomason
All names, characters, and places are fictional. Any resemblance to real people—either living or dead—or places is purely coincidental. Wandering Koala, Kyle, Brent, René, Diantha Berg, Karen, Dr. Marx, Pastor Morgan, and other prominent characters, names, and places are trademarks of Jeff Thomason. All rights reserved.
If you ask the man on the street, he’ll likely tell you that science and religion are incompatible and accepting one necessitates rejecting the other. But that isn’t the case -- at least not with true science and true religion.
The conflict the man on the street thinks he perceives arises from one (or both) of two things: 1) trying to use religion to answer questions in the realm of science and vice versa, and/or 2) mistaken ideas about one or the other (or both). Science asks the question, “How does the universe work?” and seeks to answer it thru observation and experimentation. Religion asks the question, “Why are we here, and what are we suppose to do about it?” and answers it thru inspiration and revelation. The mechanics of the universe never seem to change, but our understanding of them does, so what we call science is constantly in flux. The Gospel never changes, but many like to throw philosophy and current, popular ideas into the mix, so new religions and new religious ideas keep popping up.