Science vs. God: A Video About Seeing Through the Natural

This great little video presents a handful of concepts from physics that illustrate aspects of spiritual reality. They are more than pure metaphors, but less than proofs. The lecture is presented in such a way that the concepts challenge purely natural thinking, while not attempting to force a perspective.

The idea here, echoed in a number of ancient writings such as Psalm 19, is that the spiritual can be perceived in nature itself. The obvious examples are feelings of awe experienced when contemplating the starry night sky. But I’ve found that there are many other examples in science. Not things that prove God’s existence, for example, as much as we may want that, but things that illustrate it.

The thing is, I’m not sure it’s the nature of nature that makes this possible, as much as the nature of our perception. It’s as if we see truths that are known but unprovable, like little examples of Godel’s Theorem. Truths that cannot be proven from nature, but are evident when we look. It’s our observation that’s important, which is itself perhaps another example. Quantum mechanics tells us that mind is inextricably linked to matter in ways that are still not fathomed. So perhaps the scientific fact that our observations affect measurements, mirrors the spiritual reality that our observations also evoke the spiritual.

Anyway, here’s the video itself. Enjoy!

2 comments on “Science vs. God: A Video About Seeing Through the Natural

  1. You’ve made a good point that perhaps it’s the mere act of observing (according to quantum mechanics) that scientific results can reflect what the spiritual tell us. But in my studies in physics (I’m a third year physics major), this idea is only applicable to quantum systems, i.e. microscopic systems that cannot be merely observed with the naked eye.

    What is key in this video here though is that he explains the fundamental ideas of modern physics – probability, relativity and entanglement – to explain the properties by which God has been described. In questioning whether our results have been affected by quantum mechanics, you would be questioning these very ideas in themselves. Have faith that the scientists who established these ideas took into account quantum mechanics in their calculations where it was required. 😁

  2. Great comment. I agree that observation really is seen to apply to microscopic systems. I mention it primarily as a metaphor, and a way to begin thinking about the link between our awareness and the physical world. I didn’t mean to imply that the other topics mentioned in the video had any less credence because of observability. Rather, the idea is that the degree to which these things express God’s nature is perhaps a matter of our understanding of His nature. (Not to say His nature is dependent at all, of course.)

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