Initial question: Geometry, Physics, Bible. Which one of these is not like the others? Which one of these doesn’t belong? (Anyone hear the echoes of a Sesame Street jingle?) Place the three subjects side by side, and most people will separate the Bible from the other two. Wrong!
Trick question. The Bible refers to all kinds of scientific and mathematical ideas. It surrounds them. Its Author created those two subjects that so many of us dread in high school. And math and physics are what Madeleine L’Engle brought to life over fifty years ago in A Wrinkle in Time.
Now, I don’t have a scientific bone in my body, and spatial relationships remain a mystery to me. I’m not even a fan of science fiction. Yet, A Wrinkle in Time is my all-time favorite book. I read it when I was ten, and I’ve revisited it several times since. In each read-through, I find new nuggets of information, not only having to do with science and math, but the deep, scriptural truths in the life God created.
An overview: Meg Murry, an under-achieving geek in her freshman year of high school, not only can’t get along with anyone at school, she’s also worried sick over her father who has been missing for years. Two of her little brothers just want to go forward in life, but the youngest brother, Charles, is special. He’s a lot like Meg – brilliant, odd, and he just seems to know things.
Enter three incredible creatures: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. These three “old ladies” send Meg and Charles on a journey through the universe to rescue their father. How do they travel? By way of a wrinkle in time. Accompanying them is Caleb, a guy at Meg’s high school. Caleb is far more popular than Meg could ever hope to be, but he has his own special abilities that are needed on this quest.
Although God is barely mentioned by name in the book, Bible verses thread their way through every situation. Joy in a creation untouched by the shadow of evil. Light shining against darkness. God using the weak and foolish. All-conquering love.
Final question: What is a “tesseract?” This math-challenged writer would love to know.