Love knows religion when it sees it | Cosmos pt 4

by Craig on March 23, 2014

Cosmos

As I watch Cosmos I notice…
if you replace, in the script, the words…
“nature, science, cosmos, or universe”…

with the word…

“God”…

you have something quite religious sounding.

I possess faith, through doubt, and without definitive scientific proof. I love science and was hoping Cosmos would be all about that. I’m still hoping. But I know faith and religion when I hear it, and I hear it regularly in Cosmos. It’s faith, and religion of sorts in nature, science, and the universe.

The opening sequence of Cosmos is artistic observation…
the realities of the universe are revealed in earthly examples…

a spiral galaxy…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

and a seashell…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

a dandelion seed…

Brilliant, earthy examples by Cosmos of BIG science...

and a spacecraft…

Brilliant, earthy examples by Cosmos of BIG science...

a star…

a Christian response to Cosmos...

going supernova…

black hole2producing a black hole…

A Christian responds to Cosmos in an honest, critical, but  non judgy way

…and a human iris.

black hole4

It’s awe inspiring really.

If you look closely in the middle of the picture you can see the imaginary spaceship of Cosmos, unburdened by the rules of physics. So it can trek through time, to anywhere, approaching infinity or shrinking to infinitesimal size. Brilliant.

The show spells out our universal address.
The first line of the address is Earth.
I like this a lot. It’s science.

Then the space ship circles the moon…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

“no sky, no ocean, no life”. It’s Science.

Then it veers off toward the fiery Sun…

sun

which “powers the winds and the waves…
and all the life on the surface of our world.”

Science.

Then a quick flight past crispy little Mercury…

mercury

it’s the black circle on the left side of the sun.
There’s no agenda so far, no religion, no faith – just spectacular science.

To quote Cosmos, it’s stuff “discovered by observation and experimentation”.

 

So I sit back and enjoy, thinking and hoping that the “faith and religion in science” stuff might be left behind. Maybe it was just a cursory nod to Carl Sagan, and now we will see science, unfettered by opinion or agenda.

But then the spaceship hovers over cloud covered Venus and…

Venus

ruh roh.

Cosmos pt 1
Cosmos pt 2
Cosmos pt 3

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando March 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

Fascinating photos and wonderful reflection as always, Craig. Beautiful!

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A. April 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

“which powers the wind and the waves, and all the life on the face of the earth.” That describes the God of Job so well. I wonder if science will discover that with all the ‘completeness’ that appears to exist in all the living and nonliving matter, that none of it can operate without something from God, some speck or particle or wave or energy force, etc., from God. What is the ‘match’ that ignites to life all of what exists. Right now, it all appears to ‘run on its own’.

so, ok. this heady reflection took me out of my mundaneness and for that, I thank you, Craig. back to it again but with a different perspective and priority. thank you!

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nancy April 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Craig – where are you? i sure am missing your writing. please come back.

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