Then God Created Pi (or is it Pie?)

pi day

Today is a day for math geeks and dessert lovers alike! Is it also a day for believers in a loving Creator? You bet!

On this day I am reminded of Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project and now the Director of the National Institutes of Health, who authored a book on how science and mathematics present evidence for belief in God. Collins did not always believe the way he does now. In a 2007 online article with CNN, he explains that he was 27 when he began his journey which led to a belief in Jesus Christ.

He wrote, “I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.”

What an awesome statement! On Pi Day, and every other day for that matter, many people will try to say that science and faith cannot coexist. “The math does not add up,” they will say. But perhaps it is the very fact that MATH DOES ADD UP and creation is filled with a beautiful symmetry of mathematical and scientific laws that provides us a glimpse into the existence of God.

Go celebrate Pi Day because of the wonder of all God’s creation! And does the day really have to do with a delicious pie for dessert? Well, not really, but who would ignore an excuse to have a slice of pie? That would really be unbelievable!

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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