Foundation Thoughts: Welcome to Ken Wear's Web Site

posted Sept. 1999

About science and belief, I have come to believe there are scientifically accurate facts, that one plus one equals two, that protons and electrons are real, that the universe has content and an organization that can be described. These may not be true, but I choose to believe they are. And I have learned that men can hold futile and contrary beliefs with equal fervor. I can choose what I wish to believe and choose to disbelieve that my view of these or any other notions alters the facts. This is the foundation for my personal philosophy.

However it came about, over the years I reached the conclusion that all arenas of thought must ultimately be compatible. My grade and high school education included very little science and I studied conservative Christian teachings. In college I studied technology, with a smattering of philosophy, and arrived at the notion the purpose of each life is to seek happiness, however it may be defined by that individual. But scientific teachings and church teachings clashed and I was forced to accept that interpretations based on what I could experience and observe with my own senses must of necessity be true. Beyond that I could not go.

But my spirit would not rest. Unhappily, the Christian church in which I was nurtured is so bound by traditions no longer compatible with acknowledged fact that it has lost much of its credibility. For years, in the Walk With God* I undertook as a young adult, I sought to reconcile the Conservatism of my church with the world of science as I recognized it; and I enjoyed some success, as demonstrated at this web site. In pursuit of reconciliation I abandoned pursuit of the common thread in all arenas of thought. BUT:

In time I reached a solid position on religion, which I have come to call Rational Theism because of the harmony reason imposes on the apparent schism between science and faith. From the vantage point of Rational Theism, whether inspired by God or led by the vagaries of mental wandering, I have examined life, history, faith, and science through the eyes of one who searches for a reasoned understanding of the world and the harmony of all fields of study, always questioning, never blindly accepting, always true to his own senses.

I confess that my Walk With God has dominated my adult life from an early brush with the established church through an intense immersion in church life to my present attention to other arenas of life. Ever mindful of His wish for His people, I present such thoughts as I have harbored on the pages of this web site.

While I am forever amazed -- and perplexed -- at the number of avenues where society has pursued less-than-optimum directions, there is a common theme in my cogitations: There are truths that simply are. Some feel their beliefs create truth for them; but I insist truth does not bend to our wishes; what is, is.

There are some who believe there is an all-pervasive intelligence Who was an agent in creating our planet and the life on it. There are others who believe otherwise. But belief in God does not create God, nor does denial of God disprove God. What is, simply put, is; what we choose to believe has no influence in any sense. My quest has been to learn and understand what is and project that reality onto personal and public interests.

* Initial recognition of my personal Walk With God is described in my religious odyssey, which may be accessed through the index to this web site.

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This web site includes three titles on the results of my studies in science vs Southern Baptist Conservatism:

There is always that fundamental question: What ought we believe? What is beyond opinion?
Versions of Reality (a brief summary of various notions of religious truths -- select your own).
My Reality: the Cosmos and My Religious View is a framework for my religion,
and Rational Theism presents my notions of credible religious beliefs

And that final question: Who is your authority? Intuition is Your Ultimate Arbiter

Or, for the index to this web site, click here.