Alister McGrath MA DPhil DD DLitt FRSA
Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion
Gresham Professor of Divinity
Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion
Oxford University, Oxford
First Tweet: Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 7:20 AM
@alisteremcgrath @ChristianToday Russell Brand’s arrogance/condescension is unfortunate. He should ask if there is any point to the Planck Length and Planck Time, then try to learn a little about those fundamental building blocks (relations) and how these two are defined by light: http://81018.com
First email: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 4:42 PM
Dear Rev’d Professor Dr. Alister E. McGrath:
No, science and faith are hardly at war. Perhaps arrogant thinkers among both parties are at war, but the disciplines themselves hold each other in the highest regard and are ever grateful for the balance. If only the expositors would open their eyes and see a larger picture. The finite needs the infinite and the infinite loves the finite.
A possible larger picture. The entire universe is simply and logically encapsulated within just 202 base-2 exponential notations from the Planck base units to the Age of the Universe, the Now, this day, this moment of time, space, mass and charge.
For about three billion years, history has been within 202nd notation. The first second of creation, in this chart, is between notations 143 and 144. There is enough potential diversity within the first 67 notation to give us the diversity of mathematics we have within SR, GR, and QM.
The Planck units did not receive much attention for about 100 years; it took Frank Wilczek of MIT, writing in Physics Today, to shake that tree alive with his three articles about Scaling Mt. Planck (2001). If we follow the work of Turok, Rovelli, and Muller, big bang cosmology has seen its best days. Now it is time to search for new beginnings that in some manner echo Genesis 1 and the epochs as defined by big bang cosmology. The two are not mutually exclusive.
I hope and pray that your openness valves are all open! Thank you.
P.S. A bit of this work began in 1975 at Harvard Divinity School where I was at student of
Arthur McGill and we focused on hypostatic constructs within Finite and Infinite (the 1943 work of Oxford don, Austin Farrer). Extensive work with Rhodes scholar, John Findlay, also helped focus on hypostatic constructs. Prior to this work, my primary focus was on perfected states within the physics of space-time. The epiphany did not begin to happen until 2011, yet there has been a fair amount of disbelief that something so simple could have been overlooked for so long. -B