There are multiple paradigms that have served the Church in its attempt to understand that actions of God in Jesus’ earthly ministry. But we always tend to look at each story through one set of lenses at a time.
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 hides the truth from us, and expects us to work, using all of our faculties to find it. That’s a counter to the common understanding of how Science or Theology work, but for those of […]
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.
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 more rarely those little bits of organization combine into something complicated—a hydrogen or helium atom. Even more rare than that are clouds of hydrogen. Stars, planets, and everything else that we can see are very […]
I find it very evocative that the ashes we use on this day come from the destruction of the work of creation.
A truly lovely short film by a Rhode Islander – who studied physics at Brown and design and animation at RISD – both a few blocks from where I sit as I write this sentence. Why Do I Study Physics? (2013) from Xiangjun Shi on Vimeo. Take a few minutes to watch it and then look at the world around you with your new rational and irrational eyes…
Last week I gave a talk in Little Compton Rhode Island on the complexity involved in the conversation between the scientific and theological enterprises. There were two big take-aways I hoped people would leave with.
Do religious ideas and institutions impede the advancemen of scientific knowledge? Lucas Mix argues, and demonstrates, that they do not.
Apparently as physicists work on models describing earlier and earlier moments of the Universe, they’re realizing that there might be some worth in talking with theologians. It’s happening in an informal way at an event organized by people from CERN. The BBC has long report on the meeting, and their post includes this quote by one of the participants remarking on the need for the two disciplines to be in conversation: “‘We face a problem […]
Well, perhaps what the Higgs couldn't deliver on, the BaBar experiments might. Essentially detectors are seeing too many heavy particles - something that the Standard Model can't explain.