Have you ever considered how looking at something beautiful or intricate leads you to assume that someone made it? We don’t look at a clock (with it’s specific functions and design) and suggest that random particles simultaneously combined and… voila!….a clock appears. Intricate objects come from intentional designers. Similarly, when we look at nature (the exquisite details in a flower, the wonders of a rainbow) one can suppose that a superhuman creator exists. This is also called the design argument.
For class this term we read Mark Wynn’s article that examined how the aesthetics of a beautiful church building enriches a believer’s experience in church (i.e. consider the old church buildings that were originally designed to model after the heavenly city or think of stained glass and the images that help to remind one of certain bible stories).
In the essay I wrote (see it here: Final Copy) I discussed how Mark Wynn’s article is more or less a reformulation of the Design Argument. I think it is important to think hard about why we believe what we believe. So, even if you don’t read it, perhaps have a conversation tonight discussing the ways you would describe God’s existence [without using the Bible, likewise to the design argument above]. Examine the parallels between beauty and worship. Does it provide an enriching experience? How so? Perhaps discuss with your children how they know that God exists and provide them with some answers.