Wednesday, January 27, 2010
1-26-2010 Modern Physics & Ancient Faith
Last night DH and I drove to the University of Iowa to attend a lecture:
"Modern Physics & Ancient Faith." The lecture hall for 500 was SRO, with about 600 present. Every seat was full, people sat two deep down the aisles' stairs, and about 50 more stood in the back of the lecture hall for 2 hours!
Steven M. Barr is a professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Bartol Research Institute of the University of Delaware. Professor Barr argued that the supposed conflict between science and religion has really been a conflict between scientific materialism and religion, and that the science vs. religion myth is based on an outdated view of scientific history and a skewed interpretation of what science has actually discovered. Barr discussed five great discoveries of twentieth century science, arguing that they are more consistent with the traditional Jewish and Christian understanding of the cosmos and of human beings than with materialist philosophy.
Are we nerds, or what!?!?!?