We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Most Astounding Fact

Quoting from the YouTube blurb accompanying the following clip,"Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer."  A brief comment follows, but watch the clip first.

Something is happening that the bombast of the radical atheists and radical biblical literalists tends to obscure.  There is a spiritual convergence taking place between science and faith.  Some scientists are discovering that their studies lead them to the edges of spirituality.  They may not believe in the personal God of the theistic religions, but they sense the Something that lies within and beyond physical reality.  They are discovering that physical reality is not at all what it seemed to be just decades ago.  They are learning that human life is not just bones and muscles and tissue.  It is also spiritual.  It is defined by the human spirit.  For us as Christians it requires only a small step to see in the human spirit the presence of the Holy Spirit and to believe that just as the atoms within us are part of the Universe so the spirit in us is connected to the Universe and its Creator.  For us, Jesus Christ, is the key instrument—the singlemost important lens—through which we encounter the Spirit, the Universe, and the Creator.  Amen.