July Blog Highlights
Math and physics were highlighted in this month’s essays at The BioLogos Forum, featuring articles from black hole physicist Aron Wall and mathematician James Turner, as well as a sermon by Pastor John Van Sloten on geophysics.
In his article “One Way Streets: Black Holes and Irreversible Processes”, physicist Aron Wall shares some of the most fascinating properties and deep mysteries of black holes. Beyond offering insight on an incredible topic in quantum physics, Wall’s essay also presents a sense of worship and wonder for readers. As he writes, “There's a certain thrill to knowing how things work, but there's also a sense of sublime wonder when you come to the limits of our understanding. I love thinking about quantum gravity because one continually comes up against these deep mysteries. Glory be to God!”
James Turner’s essay “Mathematics and Beauty” draws on that same sense of marvel for God’s creation. Broken into three parts, including many images and illustrations, Turner explores beauty in math and science as someone who appreciates such unique aesthetics from a Christian point of view. As he writes: “That we may contemplate the ways reality both is and could be is a source of great mystery. If one is willing to step back to take it all in, it can inspire a sense of awe and a consideration of the possibility of a divine author to all that there is—perhaps leading the one contemplating to respond in the most profound fashion: Glory!”
In his sermon “Geophysics and the Ground of All Being”, Pastor John Van Sloten of New Hope Church in Calgary enlists the help of geophysicist Marc Chen to help shed some light on what geophysicists do and how they do it—also, why the process of “listening in” on the depths of the earth provides spiritual insight and inspiration for both faithful geophysicists and the interested Christian congregant.
Of course, not every post this month centered on physics. Old Testament scholar Richard Hess presents a three part essay on “Apologetic Issues in the Old Testament” addressing some of the chief parts of the Old Testament that are pointed to by atheists as challenges to Christian faith. Among them is perhaps the most important apologetic issue in the Old Testament, that of Deuteronomy, Joshua and divinely ordained genocide.
Finally, our Fellows remain hard at work with their weekly content. Ted Davis concluded his series on the work of John Polkinghorne with one final excerpt from Belief in God in an Age of Science that explores aesthetics and morality from a Christian perspective. Meanwhile, Dennis Venema’s ongoing “Evolution Basics” series concluded its look at the genetic evidence for common ancestry and moved on to how gene distribution differs among the gene trees of related species.
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