The Mystery of the Universe

“The finest thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.  He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.”  Albert Einstein

There are people who think that art and science, or that religion and science are two quite different, even incompatible, pursuits.  But many of the scientists who we now think of as the early giants of the scientific revolution were also religious leaders.  Their exploration of the world was not in pursuit of an alternative to God, but in praise of a creation that was far more wonderful and awe-inspiring than anyone had ever imagined.

Most religions teach that faith is a gift.   The role of science is not to prove or disprove religious belief, but any scientist, believer or not, stands before the universe that science has opened up before us with as much amazement and humility as does the artist or believer.

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About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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2 Responses to The Mystery of the Universe

  1. H.G. Baker says:

    I will start my post as a continuation of the last paragraph. The most outstanding thing about this paragraph is:
    “The role of science is not to prove or disprove religious belief, but any scientist, believer or not, stands before the universe that science has opened up before us with as much amazement and humility as does the artist or believer.” I agree completly, and would add the following: As a believer, I do not see ANY CONFLICT between the precepts of God and science. Even as a young believer, I saw the whole argument as superflous and a mind-wasting use of time. Anyone who reads Genisis chapter 1 to see some of the science ther is bound to notice that God says that “..the evening and the morning were the ______days, BEFORE HE CREATED THE SUN. I am not a physicist by training or interest, just an old retired mathematics teacher whose sense of wonder anbout God and His creation is several orders of magnitude greater than it ever was before I became an Ordained Minister several years ago. The first thing that I noticed about the “days” suggested that may be we were looking at an “early” report of the “microwave background radiation” that we have found to actually exist via science and orbiting telescopes. Science has also thrown some ‘light’ on how God just might mean it when He says that “….He sees All”. The US government and the Russian KGB were experimenting with Remote Viewing back in the 60’s. There are literallt thousands of studies that demonstrate show things that the common persons would probably claim could only be done by God Himself, but these “miracles” have be accomplished by fairly ordinary people (Google “The Field” for an exhuastive book on this and note how many major Universities have been investigating outside of the ordinary subjects). For me the key words in the Bible that caused me to my physical senses AND to, by faith, sharpen my spiritual senses were spoken by Jesus when He spoke to His disciples (‘students’) concerning the miracles that He Himself performed (poor choice of word here): …these things and greater still…after you have received power from the Holy Spirit”. Kind of like a College Professor “bestowing” upon the newly minted Phd ‘all rights and prividges thereunto pertaining….” Scientists and Belivers are in more agreement than they may care to admit with ‘Big Bang and the Genisis “Let there be Light!”, especially since in the so-called Vacum of EMPY SPACE, no Bang would have been “Heard” anyway! ( ;>) Think about it!!?”

  2. What a delight to hear from a committed believer that science can’t prove or disprove religion. Not making one the servant of the other seems to me to make the pursuit of either or both more authentic, to give more integrity to the seeker of truth.

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