RE: 2001's gospel message

rice@mcc.com
Mon, 8 Nov 1999 10:39:00 -0600

On the question of God's fingerprints - there seems to be an insistence that
such "fingerprints" be physical, tangible things- an insistence on concrete,
visual evidence - stone tablets, orbiting crucifixes, whatever. My
questions is why should we think of God's marks on the universe as something
physical?

Looking at mankind as a whole, even without a Calvinist view point, it is
not a pretty picture. And yet individuals are capable of acts of selfless
courage - why? Where does that impetus to risk one's life or property or
sanity for a stranger come from? Why would a family choose to adopt four or
five children because they are siblings and need a home, why would two guys
driving to work and seeing smoke from a house run in and get the people
there out to safety or strangers rush to a burning car to save the
occupants? Why would a wealthy man in a city fork over a couple of hundred
thousand dollars to keep a center for crippled children open when nothing
they do affects his family? Why do we show kindness to people outside our
family or our close community at all - there's no logic to any of those
behaviors - nothing that furthers one's own survival. And yet such things
do happen. It has always seemed to me that such acts ARE God's fingerprints
on the world.

Having said all that I'll happily agree that this view comes from a
basically theistic standpoint. But what I am curious about is why when
there is a dialog with non-theists, the argument seems to focus on physical
fingerprints with no consideration that both sides might be looking for the
wrong type of fingerprints. I would also be curious about opinions from
those more educated than myself as to what clues, if any, scripture gives
for what "God's fingerprints" would be.

Janet Rice
rice@mcc.com