I listen to your show every Sunday morning on Nebraska Public Radio as I prepare to go to church. The show this week where you interviewed and visited with Rachel Naomi Remen was exceptional. She spoke of experiences like the kind I myself have witnessed. To establish my credibility, I am a Professor of Biology at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and I am the Lay Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church (a small rural congregation) in Winside, Nebraska. I have been a college professor for 21 years and parish minister for 10 years and I tend to find myself somewhere between the issues of life science and God the Creator.
Ms. Remen's interview helped to reveal for me some of the difficulties I have had being a professor where my colleagues are Biologists trapped by the dogma of science and discovery. I tend to struggle with that same dogma because it is wholly insufficient to explain how life truly works as alluded to by Ms. Remen. Her comments were liberating to be sure. Her description of the person that had terminal cancer who was miraculously cured of that cancer at the befuddlement of science was priceless. As a lay pastor, I too have witnessed miraculous recoveries and personal transformations that my colleagues in science would scoff at or at the very least laugh at if they were told of them. As a result of my unique placement between science and spirit I have had to develop a course in Biomedical Ethics that serves to uncover the biases and inabilities of science in relation to a God many scientists refuse to accept. I was particularly intrigued by Ms Remen's comment that "objectivity is bias." This is so true in science, but it is also ignored to large degree in scientific discovery. I'm a firm believer that most of life on earth and in the universe is a mystery and will remain so until such a point that God the Creator wants us to know about it, which may be never.
I must interject that when it comes to helping other human beings with the Holy Spirit that a trust develops that can not be understood by science. The afflicted may not be able to verbalize with you but one can tell what they are saying by simply looking into their eyes. Also, when working with animals, one can see the pain in their eyes that they too experience, and one can see the gratitude that they have in those same eyes after we help them. It may only be a pat on the head or a rub of the ears, but there is something there that objective science will not see. I believe God is in all things and that is why Ms. Remen's interview was so important. Thank you for the interview, as it does change the direction my teachings will take. I would welcome any questions you might have on this post.
Glenn E. Kietzmann
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