Author Archives: Nick Knisely

About Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...

These things did not happen in a corner

Today we had a chance to drive up to the top of the Mount of Olives and to look across the Necropolis of Jerusalem to the where the Dome of the Rock stands – where the Temple stood in Jesus’ … Continue reading

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The paradox of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Some of you know that I’m in Jerusalem at the moment on a tour of Israel. Today we had a chance to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as part of our itinerary. It is my first time in … Continue reading

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Pursuing the Mystery of Science and Faith – a sermon

I preached this sermon last week at the 2014 Ecumenical Round Table meeting on Science, Technology and the Church meeting in Salt Lake City last week. A rabbi once told me, in a conversation about faith and science, that God … Continue reading

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Science and Religion. The road show

Great evening speaking to a group of people at Glencoe Union Church last night. The pastor is very active in issues surrounding the interactions between Science and Religion (and in particular with the Templeton Fund). He invited me to give … Continue reading

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What’s going on with the new data from BICEP?

I’ve seen a number of news reports over the last day talking about the newly announced detection of primordial gravity waves by the BICEP program at the South Pole. Most of them trumpet these results as proving the Big Bang. That’s not what’s going on here. Continue reading

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You made the heavens and the earth, with all their vast array

From today’s meditation: “The universe is essentially a giant empty, soundless, cold, chaotic void. In incredibly rare instances, there are small pockets of organized matter. The little pockets represent very simple things like electrons, a proton, a cosmic ray. Even … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday meditation from Lent is Not Rocket Science

I find it very evocative that the ashes we use on this day come from the destruction of the work of creation. Continue reading

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Relationship trumps vindication

We are called, I believe, to seek relationship with others more than we are called to find vindication of our ideas about others. Continue reading

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Not one but many: The American Nations

As a person who grew up on the border between the Midlands and Appalachia to essentially Yankee parents, who lived for a while in Tidewater and in El Norte (the US Southwest) and who now lives in Yankeedom, Woodward’s book makes sense of things I’ve noticed but couldn’t explain. Continue reading

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Cosmological principle in trouble? Maybe.

There’s been a recent observational challenge. New images of a Large Quasar Group (LQG) show a structure much larger than should be allowed Continue reading

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