I have become a neophyte science geek. When I started my journey away from Adventism I didn't realize I would become a nerd. Initially all my thinking was wrapped up around moral and spiritual questions. As I became more comfortable in my own semi-buddhist agnostic skin an unintended side-effect took place.
I blame it on The March of the Penguins. I saw this movie with my Kindergarteners. Without my creationist goggles on I really started to marvel at how the penguins came to be. I researched penguins for quite awhile afterwards. Then I started researching amphibians for a thematic unit. I must have watched thisvideo of the Surinam Toad over and over again. Sooo gross but soooo cool!
Next I blame auto-tune. For some reason I was watching videos that had been auto-tuned and I came across this one with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. Funny but strangely moving. Then i started reading about the vastness of space and the galaxies and the big bang.
Radio Lab has been providing with a good crash course in current and curious scientific thinking.
Basically I am awakening to life. Before I was afraid to look at these things to closely because I heard it could make you loose your faith. Now I want to learn everything I can. I am even thinking about taking more science classes after my master's degree.
I have always been a little socially awkward, but I was never really into science. Now I might finally be a card carrying member of the nerd brigade. But that is okay. I'm loving it!
On a side note...
I think it's sad that the God we see in the Bible feels the need to bully Job with His superiority, rather than answering his questions. (ie Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.)