The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom

Gerald L. Schroeder

The day a friend and colleague turned sixty, I was fortunate to share with him the wait for a bus ride home. “Until I turned sixty ,” he said, I never realized how little time I had left.” In the years that followed, I watched his frantic race trying to discover why he’d been doing what he’d been doing for the past sixty years

Not why he and I had spent decades using high-tech physics to fine-tune low-tech farming. In several regions of the developing world we had been able to double farm yields with little or no additional capital investment. The reason for our efforts was obvious: starvation is not pretty anywhere.

His question was much more basic. Why bother being “good”? Is there a transcendent aspect of life that warrants our being good, that might give a meaning to our lives that is fundamentally different from that of other animals?

For someone who waits until age sixty to ask the meaning of life, what the ultimate in life can be, the awakening can be frightening.

In 1894, Albert Michelson delivered the main address at the dedication of the Ryerson Physical Laboratory of the University of Chicago. Michelson took the opportunity to declare that “The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science had all been discovered.” The physics community thought that there was not much new to learn about our universe.

Ten years later Albert Einstein published the first of his papers that were to revolutionize our understanding of nature and the universe. Einstein’s discovery that energy and matter are actually two different forms of the same entity (E=mc2), that matter can be made from energy, and that the flow of time is not a constant, changed mankind’s paradigm of the world. His work rested on research performed by Albert Michelson.

Changing ones’ paradigm is not easy.

Millennia passed before humankind discovered that energy is the basis of matter. It may take a few more years before we prove that wisdom and knowledge are the basis of, d can actually create, energy which in turn creates matter.

‘Two things fill the mind with ever increasing wonder and awe - - the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me” (Immanuel Kant, 724-1804)

I propose that they are one and the same whispering voice.

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