“Ah, there’s nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention. Science has it all.“
-Principal Skinner, ‘Bart’s Comet’ –
I need more science geek friends. I have Bible nerd friends, and church friends, and missional geek friends, and hockey fan friends, but I got nobody to discuss Sciency stuff with.
I received a copy of The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking which I started reading this week. It starts boldly with the statement that, “Science is the area of study that is doing the most to answer the fundamental questions of life.” (Hmm, I thought Theology was weighing in on this one too!)
Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with the modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. -S. Hawking
My major at Brock University was Math and Physics and to say that Physics has advanced significantly since I graduated 15 years ago is an understatement. You can’t even see the leading edge of research today if were to stand where it was 15 years ago.
In short, ‘M-Theory’ is the latest and best attempt at explaining how the Universe really works. Hawking says that, “M-Theory predicts that a great many universes (multiverses) were created out of nothing.” (does this sound familiar?)
He does however turn down an interesting path, “Their creation did not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god. Rather, these multiple universes arise naturally from physical law.” I’ve written on this idea before but Dr. Gerald Cleaver says it well in this month’s Christianity Today:
“If the Universe arose from the laws of physics, then who designed the laws of physics? …If God is truly eternal, infinite, and self-consistent we should expect God to create eternally and infinitely, or not at all.”
To Cleaver, “M-Theory’s multiverse, with its dizzying variety, unending moments of new creation, and perhaps infinite scope, makes perfect sense as the work of ‘a God of the infinities, who creates eternally.”
More Sciency stuff tomorrow…