A couple of words caught my attention - inanimate matter.
Matter’s got a bad rep.
A big part of that is because it represents death; so there’s a nothingness quality to it. We are made up of matter, and when we die we decompose to those components that were subsumed by our spirit. When we die, our bodies don’t suddenly become inanimate, since individual cells continue to be what they are, for a while at least. That’s how we are able to do transplants. We can also grow cells in a Petrie dish.
When we think of matter, we tend to visualize it, not so much think of what it sounds, feels, smells and tastes like. When we see things, we understand them as being out there in the visual world. Matter as an idea, an intellectualization of what things are made of, can result in our feeling detached from its reality, although this is pretty much all matter within the spirit-body-in the -world unity that we are as ourselves (ultimately in relation to God, the eternal Ground of all being).
Inanimate matter would be that which is lacking a living soul. That said, each particle is something in itself as it is also participating in something greater, existing and relating to other forms of being in accordance with its nature. If we define matter as the building blocks of the universe, including those processes that hold it together and cause it to change, it is pretty spectacular. In terms of bigness we have supernovas, black holes and galxies, if we are not impressed by the size of the nearest building, the earth on which we dwell and the sun around which we spin. All witness to the glory of God, everywhere and in every time, bringing it into existence.
Bacteria, plants, animals and we ourselves are examples of animate matter. Our entire bodily structure and physiology has been incorporated from what was inanimate and external, now animated within ourselves. Consider the way these words appear on a monitor conveying meaning, the holiness of it all - a person peceives, thinks, feels, and acts, one with and within the cosmos.
We cannot come from animate matter, because it possesses its own soul. When we eat, we break down whatever may be living, denaturing the compounds into materials we can use to grow and survive. We are created following the entry of a sperm into an ovum, both animate creatures whose “souls” are surrendered in the emergence of a new life. A person who did not until then exist in time, will become his/herself through the incorporation of matter, following his/her dreams and choosing to be whom they will with what they have been given.
My interest in science goes beyond that which is useful. It is a testament to God’s glory. But, it is also a social institution and as such, it is all about politics, economics, fame and fortune, as well a glue that holds society together. Here today, consumerist, materialistic, secular society preaches its “gospel” of evolution through the media and the educational system. However, through one’s relationship with God, if we are inclined, it is possible to go beyond that.