Our Simple Purpose. To develop a special graciousness and openness about life and beliefs, science and religions, this website is for the people who want to attempt to find common grounds between believers and non-believers, between the scientific and the non-scientific. Can we find a deeper truth, insights that embrace both sides of an equation by focusing on the nature of the relation?
We’ll engage the edges of scientific research and its implications for our current theories about the universe and its origins, and about who we are and the meaning and value of life.
Overview: One of the oldest sources for a study of the relation between the finite and infinite are the sacred texts within our religious traditions. There are some of us who grew up in the Christian tradition; and like typical college students, we tend to reject the old to begin to self-actualize. Then we begin studying the limits and boundaries of our knowledge. The challenges can become so daunting, the key questions often get left in those undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Personally, I went out as far as I could on the edges of physics in the early 1970s. Initially working with Bob Cohen, the chairman of Boston University’s physics department, and then with physicists from around the world, I began discovering there are conceptual overlaps between all the departments within the university. The most extreme, the furthest apart, appeared to be those who were religious and those who were scientific atheists.
What can be more different that the texts within The Bible, both Old Testament and the New Testament, and most texts within the scientific community; that is, between Genesis 1 and John 1 and Stephen Hawking’s big bang theory?
Our studies are designed to examine concepts within the sciences, philosophy, ethics, and mathematics to see how and where they overlap with concepts about eternity, infinity, light, and love. We start with an integrated view of the universe, and that begins to inform our understanding of the infinite and infinity.
Structure: There are just nine self-guided steps or study groups that should be no longer than 90 minutes each. My original goal for these sessions was to chart a way to empower people to create a small group study.
• The first two sessions: Re-examine cosmological models of the universe.
• The 3rd and 4th sessions: Explore various ways of approaching and understanding the finite-infinite relation.
• The 5th and 6th sessions: Explore a rather different understanding of light, a light that permeates and defines every notation and all of space and time.
• The 7th and 8th sessions: Explore the challenges to our understanding of space and time. Both become finite and transaction oriented.
• A final session to open a new door: Beyond the summaries, begin a new search for answers to the question, “What do we do now?”
Simple and small goals: The first goal is to open the door to a very simple orientation to science and faith that (1) works with science and mathematics and (2) allows for, and possibly informs, religious beliefs. The next goal is to explore the entry points between the finite and infinite. Another goal is to explore the physics, philosophy, and psychology of light. If we have even limited success, we’ll all begin to shrink space and time and open up an intimacy with the universe.