Topic: "Can You Hear Me Now?"
"Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power. Religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary."--Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Frodo has listened to the rhetoric, and he has had little to say outside the Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo believed, and he believes, that it is inappropriate for anyone to forge a question which demands a response of either one or the other when it comes to the origins of human life (and, therefore applicable to Hobbits). As Dr. King so eloquently implied, the "scientific method" is applied to those physical, natural, observable factors which allow us to coordinate the landings on other heavenly bodies. The "scientific method" is applied to those medicines which have been developed to fight disease. It is also used to help us understand why some plants and animals flourish, while others fail.
No one has ever applied the "scientific method" to the parting of the Red Sea by Moses. That event, not unlike so many others, is an act of faith by those who accept without the physical, natural, observable evidence of science. No implication is made that the event did not happen, just that it cannot be scientifically proven to have occurred. It can be readily acceptable as a matter of faith, not as science. Who among us doubts the possibility of that which defies explanation? Perhaps that fact, alone, defines the existence of "theory" as scientific analysis continues.
Frodo believes that religion and science are on different "planes" and that they are not meant to contradict one another. He feels that it is critical to consider all of the facts, all of the items of faith, all that is known or believed, in order to offer sincere contributions to knowledge and truth. For someone, anyone, to presuppose that science and faith should be presented together in the classroom in virtual opposition to one another is the act of one who has not heard, probably because they weren't listening.
On this day, Frodo has one more thing to consider which makes him grateful for the leadership, the courage, and the wisdom of the man whose birth we celebrate today who died on April 4th, 1968. Maybe, over time, more will listen.