I recently finished reading Dan Brown’s newest book, “Origin”. In the story, Robert Langdon doesn’t use his expertise in codes as much as he uses his newfound expertise in running from the authorities to help a princess deliver a scientific message on the origins of life, and our planets next stop in development. I like that Brown uses imagery to connect science with religion.

Humans invented religion to explain nature. We had gods of thunder, war, and love. Eventually, humanity discovered biology, chemistry, and physics to explain nature, and our religion evolved to establish morality. The protagonist in the novel hopes that a better understanding of the origins of the universe will stop religious fanatics from killing in the name of The Creator.

I like the idea of the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam accepting their similarities and coming together as one melting pot religion. After all, whether we cover our heads with wigs, yarmulkes, hijabs, nuns habits, aren’t we all doing it to honor God?

I don’t attend church. To paraphrase Amy Farah Fowler on the Big Bang Theory, “I’m baffled by the concept of a god that takes attendance.” I prefer to worship out-of-doors, admiring the wildlife with whom I share this beautiful planet. Like John Muir, I feel more connected to the Creator in Nature.

Modern society romanticized pagan religions because we miss that connection to nature. We feel it instinctively that we need to live in harmony with our surroundings. We need to paint with all the colors of the wind. Let us reach toward our pagan roots and connect with Nature. By doing this, we are connecting with our Creator.