Three big bangs: are we the biggest?
Rolston, Holmes, 1932-, speaker
Stubbs, Irving, speaker
In our lifetimes, we who are senior citizens have learned from the recent discoveries of scientists some startling facts about the universe. At the primordial big bang, matter?energy appears, with the remarkable capacity to generate heavier elements and complexity. Life explodes on Earth, with DNA discovering, storing, and transferring information, escalating biodiversity and biocomplexity. The human genius is radically novel, hyper-immensely complex. The mind that each of us has is by far the most complex thing known in the universe. Living at the center of such caring, loving intelligence we can and must wonder about the big questions. Is there sacred Logos in, with, and under such breakthrough creativity? What have we learned in our lifetimes that helps us to answer the question whether we are the biggest? Chaplain's Lecture at Westminster Canterbury Richmond (a retirement home), Richmond, Virginia. October 20, 2015.
origin of life