The name “Turtles All the Way Down” comes from a story Stephen Hawking tells in his book A Brief History of Time:
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russel) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
Where do we get stories like this? How did our ancestors come up with some of the myths about the way the world works? Do people still believe these myths? Why?
This blog is my little way of exploring questions of faith, God, and the Church. How did we get where we are? Why do we believe what we believe? Are we exploring the mysteries of our faith, or do we insist that it’s just turtles all the way down?
I am the youth and family minister at the Oak Ridge Church of Christ in Willow Park, Texas. I enjoy writing, and have contributed articles to Relevant Magazine, Youth Specialties’ Blog, and Fig Tree Christian’s Meditations. If you need someone to write for you, send me an email.
I’m married to an incredible woman named Andrea, and she’s my favorite. We like to travel together, go rock climbing, and sit on the couch and watch The Office.
I ask a lot of questions about faith, God, and Christianity. I have all of the wrong answers, but I serve a God with all of the right ones.