Over the past four weeks we haven’t even begun to consider the mysteries into which science and religion delve. How did things come to be? That, suggests physicist Lawrence Krauss, is the question of physics. It carries no value assumptions. It is looking for fact … just the facts.
Why did things come to be? That is a question of meaning. Some would say the question itself indicates a prior assumption of value—that things are as they are for a purpose. It’s not unusual for a “religious person” to say: God has his reasons. This is usually said when things aren’t going as one hoped they would.
We wrap up our quick tour of the intersection of science and religion. We began the series with the beginning. “All of the interesting questions are origin questions,” says Krauss. Perhaps. But physics has done nothing if not surprise us all. And that, said Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, is also what happens with a healthy spirituality. We are constantly surprised.
In the sacred texts of the Jewish and Christian traditions the ending is as important as the beginning. While we often speak of the religious life as more about the journey than the destination, the destination is often what gives the journey its meaning.
The role of science is to discover what has happened and how. Religion has the power to invent what is about to happen. Either way, the world is in our hands.
Here is an interesting web page – The human side of the Higgs Boson search