Parallel universes — 4 Comments

  1. >>While one side of our church drifts down the path towards creationism and medieval pictures of hellfire and damnation, and the other side thinks progress is about being liberal in attitudes towards human sexuality

    I understand your pessimism, Ian, but every church has its “fringes”.

    >>the future of our understanding of the universe is now far beyond the realms of our theological activity.

    Quite…but not for the reasons you imply. While it is fascinating knowing about how the universe works, it has no direct implications for theology. Why there is something instead of nothing isn’t a scientific question at all. To paraphrase Rev Professor John Polkinghorne – God is as much the Creator today as God was 13.7 billion years ago.

    There’s a worldview offered by an Anglican priest that is part of the reality I experience, so I see every point in the church’s existence.

  2. Donal,

    Had you been the emeritus professor of geology who sang in the choir of my former parish, you would have pointed out that universes cannot be at once parallel and divergent, but you are much gentler than he!

    I take your points, but I fear that if theology has no rootedness in physical realities, then it is no more verifiable than the Flying Spaghetti Monster (who has his own set of adherents!).

  3. Ian,

    To repeat (gently): theology explains why things (and we) exist, not how. Surely that’s roootedness aplenty.

    By the way, I’m a science (geology, botany and zoology) graduate.

  4. I think that the ‘why’ must sometimes find touching points with the ‘how’ or we could be in the realms of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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