Where Does God Fit In An Infinite Universe?

Professor Brian Cox, an English physicist, explains the framework of science and why anyone who wants to take reality seriously must work within this framework. He also makes the point that as far as physicists and cosmologists know, the universe may actually be eternal. Many modern cosmological models suggest that what we call the Big Bang may just be a local event in a much broader environment - one which may possibly be eternal. What would be the theological implications of an eternal universe?



Brian Cox also talked about meaning and specifically what it means to be human, to ask these questions and seek answers about how the universe works, where it all started, why we are here, and so on.


And lastly, probably my favourite part of the whole interview, Brian Cox describes the amazing process whereby every carbon atom in our body was formed inside dying stars, and likely not all from the same star. He mentions the wonder of our temporary existence in this vast universe and asks, "what more do you want?"

While I would very much like to live longer than our current life expectancy, and in greater health, at the same time I think our world and our universe becomes just so much more magical and amazing when you accept it for what it is, with all the good and bad parts. If we lived forever, we wouldn't value the individual moments in our lives. In a world where any experience could be had an infinite number of times, experience itself would become meaningless. Some of the wonder and value of our lives only arises because everything is temporary, and thus we must treasure it.

I would like to echo his words at the end of the following clip, talking about how some people cling to simplistic stories because they don't want to face up to the "infinity" and reality that is out there in the universe (and has been measured with increasingly high precision), and he concludes by saying, "I think you're missing out, if you don't want to face that".


You can watch the interview in full by clicking here: https://youtu.be/wieRZoJSVtw

1 comment:

  1. Professor Cox is an excellent ambassador for rationality and reason. His enthusiasm for science is infectious and he is very effective at explaining complex ideas in simple layman's terms.

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