I’ve been watching Dexter while I’m on the elliptical lately, and the current season has me literally enthralled. In it, Dexter is working through some questions about faith and belief and big questions, and the information and advice he’s getting from his friends is really, really interesting. Observe:
Then go here (I can’t embed the video).
As Dexter makes his way through these questions, I can’t help but think about his answer to Brother Sam in the linked clip; when something happened that was more than he could handle, he looked to his father for help (later, in that same episode, his long-dead father comments that religion shouldn’t be that big a stretch for Dexter, as he’s already talking to ‘imaginary father figures”). Earlier in that same episode, Brother Sam asks Dexter if he believes in something greater than himself, to which Dexter answers that he doesn’t really know. When Brother Sam talks about the sun rising and setting, and the tide going in and out, Dexter answers that those things are explainable; that the sun rises and sets because of the Earth’s rotation on its axis, and the tide goes in and out because of the moon. Brother Sam responds with, “Science. See? You DO believe in something bigger than yourself.”
I’m kind of loving the way that Brother Sam is ministering to Dexter. He’s asking questions and – this is the important part – he’s letting Dexter find his own answers. His response when Dexter doesn’t come to Brother Sam’s conclusions is “that’s cool,” then he says something about everyone finding their own way. I’m really, really eager to see what conclusions Dexter comes to as the season progresses.