By our very nature all humans are born scientists. Most of us get so beaten down by the public school systems that we lose our love for learning and exploring.
I never lost that first love.
As a toddler I was forever bringing bugs, lizards, snakes and small mammals into the house to show Mom. She was terrified of critters but being the great mother that she was she kept an assortment of jars nearby in which to keep my latest critter. The rule was that all critters had to be loosed at sunset so they could go home for supper.
The Christmas I was 12 I received a microscope and biology kit. My brother received a chemistry kit. I traded him my baton (a fantastic sword) for his chemistry kit and thus began my whole-hearted love affair with the natural sciences. I looked at everything I could under that microscope. Finally I went to Mom and asked to look at human blood. She pricked herself with a sewing needle and we made several blood slides. I was forever hooked on the biology aspect of science. Many years later I learned that Mom was terrified of needles and her own blood. What a LOVE! Mom encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Dad cheered me on toward my goals. They were phenomenal in their encouragement and support. My path was fraught with many obstacles but perseverance is one of my spiritual gifts. God has blessed me with ETBU and the ability to pursue teaching biology in a Christ-centered atmosphere. I pray that I am a model for young, Christian scientists. I pray I give them a safe place to ask questions without being ridiculed for their faith.
There are two ways to know God…through His word and through His works. Both are equally important. God expects us to be thoughtful, as Christ was thoughtful, about every aspect of our lives. We need to think critically about our beliefs, spiritual and scientific, and be able to defend them. I want to explore critical thinking and how it applies to the various aspects of our live in this blog. Please feel free to send feedback.
HERE WE GO! — jcc