“Both Religion and science require a belief in God. For believers, God is in the beginning, and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.” -Max Planck
Faith. Science. To many, these subjects are diametrically opposed, and for good reason. Science can be tested and tried, prodded and poked. Faith…is different. You cannot methodically test God in an experiment to see if He is real.
In my own journey, I have certainly struggled with these questions. Since I was a small child, I have been fascinated by science, especially cosmology and astronomy. Those areas led me even deeper down the rabbit hole to areas such as quantum mechanics and string theory. Faith, for me, would come later in life. I was always somewhat of a spiritual person, but I would not seriously consider the questions of religion until middle school, and I would not become a Christian until early college, when I was baptised as a Catholic in 2005. Now that I am studying to be a priest, I find that this question has grown even more in importance.
I found that, in the end, that faith and science lead to the same thing, there are simply different ways of approaching the following question:
What is true?
The universe is true. God is true. The laws of physics are true, as are His laws meant to guide us in the Christian life. I know that I am redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and that the nearest pulsar is 13.2 billion light years away (although the former is infinitely more important than the latter).
So what is this blog about? Here is where faith and science meet. Much of the science will be focused on astronomy and cosmology, but there may be other fields thrown in as well. Astronomy news and other related happenings will certainly be a significant part of the website. There will also be reflections on how all of this ties in to what it means to be a human being, as well as musings on other matters of faith. I am also a great lover of literature, and so I would expect that to be no small part of this endeavor. Like all of you, I am on a journey, and I hope to share a bit of mine, and so perhaps help you on yours.
So buckle your seatbelt. Hang on for the ride, because we are sure to see some interesting sights!
Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis. Sancte Francisce, ora pro nobis. Sancte Benedicte, ora pro nobis.