I love science. It takes us to different places: places of pure logic, of non-emotion, of rational intelligence, of majesty and beauty – sometimes even to places beyond our wildest imaginations.
Just think: 13.78 billion years ago our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something. After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (the “Big Bang”), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos – and all this out of nowhere, from nothing, for reasons unknown. 1
I love Easter. It takes us to different places: places beyond logic, beyond emotion, beyond rational intelligence, of majesty and beauty – sometimes even to places beyond our wildest imaginations.
Just think: 2,000 thousand years ago a young Jewish man was crucified and died on a cross. Not long after a stone was rolled across His place of burial, perhaps Three days, something remarkable happened, something that defies all human logic: He rose from the dead (the “Spiritual Big Bang”), appearing several times to His friends. An inexplicable ‘cloud of unknowing’; an intense, Divine presence and energy – GOD – changed the natural order of things. This GOD, this Ultimate Reality, continues to pervade the cosmos and we are inside ‘It’: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, marinating in the Divine, destined for love – and all this from out of nowhere, from no-created-thing, for reasons unknown.
Peter Day is a Catholic Priest in Canberra.
1 Material about the Big Bang from “All about science” (see http://big-bang-theory.com/)