Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Ockham's Razor


William of Ockham (Occam) was an English Franciscan friar who is known for coming up with the scientific and philosophical razor that states (essentially) all things being equal, the simplest explanation is the best. This was put into great use this morning at St Michael's. For months we have been suffering from poor air flow in our nave and sanctuary. We have been afraid our air conditioning would need to be replaced or at the very least, major duct work would need to be done. No less than two companies have been to the church to diagnose our problem. This morning, our Junior Warden happened to walk to the units where he noticed a gray box. Curious, he opened the box and lo and behold, there was an off/on switch. One of the units was turned off! All the time, effort, and money was spent looking for the solution, while the simplest, most obvious one was overlooked. How often do we, in our own lives, overlook the simplest, most obvious solution to what troubles us? In our Gospel readings the past few weeks (and this week coming) Jesus kept his descriptions of the Kingdom of God very simply and obvious. The kingdom of God is like seed...is like dough...is like a pearl...is like fish. We don't have to spend hours in the library learning philosophical theories and abstract notions of why we are here and who we are. Look at the seeds that grow. Look at the dough that rises. Look at the pearl that is treasured. Look at the Kingdom of God.

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