I’ve just finished reading Michael Crichton’s The Lost World, his sequel to Jurassic Park.
Listen to this, written by a man who spent his entire adult life intimately involved with what we call Science.
“I wouldn’t take any of it too seriously. It’s just theories. Human beings can’t help making them, but the fact is that theories are just fantasies. And they change. Back when America was a new country, people believed in something called phlogiston. You know what that is? No? Well, it doesn’t matter because it wasn’t real anyway. They also believed that four humors controlled behavior. And they believed that the earth was only a few thousand years old. Now we believe the earth is four billion years old, and we believe in photons and electrons, and we think human behavior is controlled by things like ego and self-esteem. We think those beliefs are more scientific, and better…
“They’re still just fantasies. They’re not real. Have you ever seen a self-esteem? Can you bring me one on a plate? How about a photon? Can you bring me one of those?…
“And you never will, because those things don’t exist. No matter how seriously people take them. A hundred years from now, people will look back at us and laugh. They’ll say, ‘You know what people used to believe? They believed in photons and electrons. Can you imagine anything so silly?’ They’ll have a good laugh, because by then there will be newer and better fantasies.”
Crichton never came around to belief in God, so where did his rejection of Science leave him? Pretty much in limbo. He died before he could find truth. That’s what makes it tragic. But at least he had the integrity, and the courage, to admit that those things he believed in, up to that point in his life, were fantasies.
I write fantasies. But mine, with God’s help, are only parables–a roundabout way of approaching truth from a new direction, in hope that this will enable us to see it afresh.
The Left turned against Michael Crichton and rejoiced when he died.
To that extent, he served the Lord in spite of himself.