Love listens closely to words | Christian Reaction to Cosmos Pt 3

by Craig on March 18, 2014

Cosmos

Cosmos invites us on a fantastic journey into the mysteries of the Universe with these words:

But to make this journey we’ll need imagination.
But imagination alone is not isn’t enough,
because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.

Words mean things.

Writers get this. We ransack the language for the letter perfect words to say exactly what we mean. The host of Cosmos isn’t freestyling his words. They’ve been written for maximum impact.

There’s no blame in that. It’s what good writers do. I edited these words more times than I’d like to admit, and I did it for maximum impact. I did the same with the pictures I chose. A picture is worth a thousand words, and words mean things.

I want Cosmos to open my eyes and my intellect…
to inspire with the wonder of science and the Universe.
But opinion, like a palace lizard,  is sneaking onto the throne where facts should rest.

This statement from Cosmos, needs a closer look…

But to make this journey we’ll need imagination.
But imagination alone is not isn’t enough,
because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.

Words mean things, and in context they mean much more.

The context includes the opening line of the series,

The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.

If the cosmos is all there is, was and ever will be, then the cosmos is, in effect, God.
And if nature is more wondrous than anything we can imagine, then nature is, in effect, God.

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If I’m looking for a definition of God, a combination of these  two lines from Cosmos would would be an awesome place to start. It would read, “God is all there is, all there was, all there ever will be, and he is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.” That’s so good it could be a hymn.

But is it fact? No, it’s faith.
Is it science? No, not by definition.
Is it accurate? I believe it, but I can’t prove it.

Now, returning to the the weighty words of Cosmos about nature and the universe.

Are they fact? No, facts are proven beyond shadow of doubt.
Are they science? No, neither statement holds up under the scientific method.

Are they accurate? No.

The statement that the Cosmos is the only thing there ever was is wrong. There was a Big Bang, and science would be the first to inform us that nothing comes from nothing. Which implies strongly that there was a Creator for this Creation.

The words about nature are inaccurate if only because one thing we could imagine that is greater than the universe is someone with the power to create that universe with a word. I believe it happened that way. It might not have, but it is a greater thing to imagine, which makes the statement inaccurate.

These words of Cosmos are fine if you’re a Pantheist who believes the universe is God.
And these words are ok, if you’re a Naturalist who may believe that nature is God.

I don’t want anyone to handcuff anyone’s beliefs. That’s wrong.
But both statements counter what Cosmos itself tells us is science.

These words do, however, reveal what Carl Sagan, the inspiration behind Cosmos, thought.

Words of Carl Sagan reveal the thesis of Cosmos...

Words mean things.

These lines from Cosmos…

are not science…
are not accurate.

Neither are they statements of fact…

instead, they are…

statements…

of…

faith.

 

Part 1 of a Loving Christian Response to Cosmos is here
Here is part 2 of the response to Cosmos.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

A. March 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

This lines on this screen. They are words. They mean things. I am so grateful that they do. I can always trust that when I come here, I find a spiritual refuge, a place where my spiritual tanks are refueled and I am refreshed. Thank you, Craig, so much, for this oasis. Thank you, so very much. Today, right now, I really needed an oasis and here it is. You are still an ambassador of Jesus. You are still a guide to the Father of Lights. I am grateful. Bless you!

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Craig April 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

An unworthy ambassador of one – to the few. You’ve always been a shining light A. God bless.

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Miz Liz March 24, 2014 at 12:41 am

Even in your struggles, you are light. Thank you, Craig. Sometimes blackness tries to overtake me and I forget to remember. Jesus truly is bigger than all the darkness. Thank you for your honesty which empowers faith when I forget where the rocks are. The water gets pretty murky. You are a blessing to this old woman.

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Craig April 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

If I have everything Jesus has to be more. If I have nothing Jesus has to be enough.

Jesus

Is

Enough

God bless Liz

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A. September 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Craig, I heart that! By the way, remember how good Laska writes? She could be your stand in while you are gone I’m thinking…..friend, you are not forgotten. Blessings to you!

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