I recently got a note from a young man who is a physics major at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. His name is Nathaniel Strandquist, a self-described “burgeoning Catholic physicist.” Mr. Strandquist wanted to thank me for writing about faith and science from a personal perspective, but I was struck by a simple declaration he made in his note.
“I find that the most attractive parts of the faith to me have very little to do with rationality, and almost everything to do with those intangibles such as love, forgiveness, and human nature.”
How do you like that? The intangibles are the most appealing for him. Perhaps you wonder if Mr. Strandquist is saying that faith requires us to be irrational. No, not at all. The point is that if a person is (to borrow his word) steeped in the scientific method, he gets ample doses of reason when he learns the language of modern physics.