Science & Faith

A 4 part series by Ron Winestock

“the closer we get to atoms and molecules… the closer we get to mystery and strangeness.”

Ron opens up for us the wonder of the ‘new physics’ that restored mystery to matter in the 20th century. If you think that we get more concrete, the closer we get to atoms and molecules, you will never think that way again after hearing Ron’s talk. In fact the closer we get to matter – the little ‘bits’ of it, the closer we get to mystery and strangeness.


 

Genesis 1 and New science

 


Ron opens up for us the wonder of the ‘new physics’ that restored mystery to matter in the 20th century.If you think that we get more concrete, the closer weget to atoms and molecules, you will never think that way again after hearing Ron’s talk. In fact the closer we get to matter – the little ‘bits’ of it, the closer we get to mystery and strangeness. Please note that Ron used an extensive set of Powerpoint slides to support his talk. We have posted these slides on the gospel conversations website, so you can follow the slides through as you listen to his talk.


 

Are mind and language as important as matter?

 


Ron takes his discussion of the new physics beyond matter to mind and language. Is matter the ultimate reality? Last time we discovered there is more mystery to matter than most people realise. But this time we move into the even more important question of whether matter is the only building block of the universe – or whether the mind, and language, are just as primary as matter. Of course it suits materialists like Dawkins to say that matter is the only real stuff. But Ron challenges that view here. He introduces us to the 400 year old debate over this topic, and shows how inadequate a ‘matter is all that matters’ view really is.


 

Matter & the New Physics

 


Ron opens up for us the wonder of the ‘new physics’ that restored mystery to matter in the 20th century.If you think that we get more concrete, the closer weget to atoms and molecules, you will never think that way again after hearing Ron’s talk. In fact the closer we get to matter – the little ‘bits’ of it, the closer we get to mystery and strangeness. Please note that Ron used an extensive set of Powerpoint slides to support his talk. We have posted these slides on the gospel conversations website, so you can follow the slides through as you listen to his talk.


 

The Origin of the Universe

 


Ron moves on to the topic of cosmology – ie what is the origin of the universe. This is mind boggling stuff and dwarfs the more conventional ‘evolution’ debates. He explains the anthropic principle that is fast emerging among scientists and which is ironically putting this little old earth back at the centre of attention. He describes the earth as the ark of humanity – a wonder of life in the midst of a barren universe. He contrasts the scientific view of cosmology with the Jewish view. Listen for some of the great discussion here – particularly as we develop the metaphor of the car to explain all of this.