The month is almost over, so it is time once more for a little Apologetic Potpourri. This is a list of articles and resources that I found interesting combined with my own little musings about them. The month of April features another look at the recent BICEP 2 discovery, a reminder about the faith of capable scientists, and a book titled A Manual for Creating Atheists Enjoy!
The Kavli Foundation has posted a video of some physicists discussing the recent BICEP 2 investigation of light from the early universe, “a cosmic fossil.” The discovery was unexpected and contained a few surprises for theorists who not only said it couldn’t be done, but also had to watch a few theoretical models face a sad death. As the article accompanying the video states:
This surprise is still so new that additional implications keep coming to light each week. It’s already clear that the result rules out many theoretical models of inflation—most of them, in fact—because they predict a signal much weaker than the one detected. In addition, the discovery also seems to disprove a theory that says that the universe expands, collapses and expands again in an ongoing cycle.
In terms of apologetics, the fascinating fact is that the discovery points to a shockingly quick original moment of “creation,” however that term is to be understood. While it is certainly being interpreted in terms of typical Big Bang cosmology, it also works nicely with the sense of immediate, divine creation that the Bible generally pictures.
This article is not groundbreaking in any sense, but it is a little reminder that science and faith are not at all exclusive. While the older scientists may not surprise you, I was fascinated by Andrew Pinsent:
A triple threat if ever there was one, Father Pinsent is a Catholic priest, a Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College and the Research Director of Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. Some of his earlier work (about 31 volumes which he co-authored) contributed to the creation of the Large Electron-Positron Collider at CERN, but he has moved toward more philosophical work of late, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University. That’s in addition to his three degrees in philosophy and theology from Pontifical Gregorian University and his D.Phil in high energy physics from Merton College. When he’s not doing groundbreaking research on science and physics, he’s working on theology. His book, The Second-Person Perspective in Aquinas’s Ethics: Virtues and Gifts, was published in 2012.
As a side note, I thought the discussion of Galileo in this article left much to be desired, but that is for another day.
3. A Manual for Creating Atheists