If you’ve read my little bio over on the right sidebar, you might have picked up on my claim to be a Christian. I’m not a particularly good one, mind you. But that’s what grace is about, isn’t it?
One of the reasons I might not be a particularly good one probably has something to do with my other claim: that I’m a Geek.
As a Geek, I absolutely love my “tech toys”. Give me a new gizmo to tinker with and I’m in Geek Heaven. As a Christian, I am able to identify those impulses as a form of materialism. The temptation to spend money I don’t have on gizmos I want is pretty darn strong, but I know I have to be responsible with my money so I (mostly) resist.
As a Geek, I love books. Tech books and Science Fiction books, mostly. Yet another materialistic impulse rears it’s head. But I also enjoy SciFi in many different forms, including movies. The problem with a lot of SciFi is that it’s not complimentary to a Christian worldview. In a way, being a Christian makes me a bit of a SciFi Heretic — Aliens are simply allegories, miracles are not just “sufficiently advanced technology” or statistically improbable events, and I see Creation at work where some see only entropy. But to my mind, better that than to be the other kind of heretic!
Being a Christian Geek isn’t totally contradictory, though.
As a Geek, I have a peculiar way of looking at the world. As a Christian, I have a peculiar way of looking at the world. It is possible for me to reconcile the two, through faith. As a Geek, my view of the world is colored by scientific observation. As a Christian, my view of the world is informed by an honest observation of human nature. Both worldviews would insist that things happen for a reason, that cause and consequences go hand-in-hand. Both worldviews look for wonder in the universe in which we live, and both are not afraid to ask hard questions. Both worldviews find value in knowledge.
Being a geek could be a weakness, but it can also be a strength. There is nothing “blind” about my faith. I know why I believe what I believe. Likewise, being a Christian helps to balance me and keep me grounded when my geek imagination tries to run away with me.
Geeks have a reputation for being strange. Christians often have a reputation for being strange. It means we have a different way of looking at things than so-called “normal” people. And I kinda like being strange.
Sundays I’m going to try to explore what it means to be a “Christian Geek”, as often as I can. You’re welcome to join me in that journey, whether you’re a geek, a Christian, or both.