The Mystery of Life
A mystery surrounds creation.
The science of evolution
can now describe diversity
back to the dawn of history.
How not why. There’s no solution
to the ultimate question
asked by every generation.
Life, in all its mutability –
remains a mystery.
God as gap in a chain of causation
is an insufficient notion.
From the atom’s tiny cavity
to celestial extremity –
I was trying to express the following ideas in the poem:
- It is the job of science to describe the mutable world. The theory of evolution offers a comprehensive explanation of how a multitude of species have arisen from a single cell.
- Life itself remains a mystery. Science can’t say what life is; the essence of what it is ‘to be’. This is a problem for philosophy.
- Science can’t prove or disprove the existence of God although it does provide a better explanation of procreation than Eve being formed from Adam’s rib and saves having to deal with the chicken and egg scenario.
- My ideas draw on St Thomas Aquinas. God is not invoked to fill a gap in our knowledge. He is not part of our perishable world of cause and effect (although this does not rule out incarnation) and belief is a matter of faith. For me the fact that there is being rather than nothingness points to something beyond this world and to the unknowable.
The poem is a rondeau (slightly modified) – one of this week’s forms for TOP
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