Unlike the other three Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Gospel of John begins more scientifically than it does historically. The first line of the Gospel reads: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” That may not sound like science to us today, but it was a form of science two thousand years ago when it was written. It was science and philosophy and theology all rolled into one. Back then, a university would never have relegated these disciplines to separate departments, different faculty. And, I believe, neither will we some day in the future.
“All things came into being through the Word,” the Gospel says, “and without the Word, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in the Word was life and that life was the light of all people.”
It’s an ancient text that’s trying to make sense of reality—science and philosophy and theology overlapping. The author’s glimpsed something as big, as revolutionary, as epic as what Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein saw, something that changes everything.
Trouble is, as with other breakthroughs, the vision would be met with enormous skepticism, hostility, and rejection . . .