November 1, 2010 | 03:00 am

Monday – Open Source Faith

It is interesting to see how the software industry has changed with the introduction of open source software. By making a software’s source code available, it allows a collaborative approach that leverages the help of many to debug software and make it freely available. In some ways this is how Christian theologians used to see the world. Using contemporary language, it was like God’s “source code” was contained in the world around us and available to all. This is what inspired people to inquire and learn more in the world. In doing so we learned more about God. Somewhere along the way, we began to view the world as a more hostile place rather than as revealing something of God. Areas such as science and the arts have become viewed as purely secular. And with this, we have lost some of the wonder about what we can learn about our Creator and our faith from the beauty, complexity, and mystery of the world in which we live. We need to recover our sense of wonder and remember the words found in Psalm 19: “God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.” God has given us an open source faith.