Scientific discoveries are exciting and the past year certainly did not disappoint. Evidence of flowing water was discovered on Mars, four new elements were discovered and added to the periodic table, 211 new species of plants and animals were discovered in the Eastern Himalayan region and scientists figured out how to extend the life of fruit flies! While some of these discoveries may seem trivial, many of them have huge implications about our origins and our quality of life. A group of archaeologists claim to have found the fossil remains of yet another human ancestor in a cave in South Africa, while a group of physicists have acknowledged that the universe may indeed have existed forever with no beginning or no end. In other words, there was no Big Bang. Astronomers, on the other hand, have declared that the entire universe is slowly dying. Don’t lose any sleep over that one, however, as it will likely be a quintillion years or more before its final demise.
Does scientific discovery threaten our understanding of of our existence? Are science and religion truly compatible? The issue has been fiercely debated over the years, and the divide was clearly evident when Bill Nye The Science Guy participated in a debate with creationist Ken Ham back in 2014 at the Creationist Museum near Cincinnati. Can scientists and people of faith find some common ground when discussing the existence of the universe? The Pope’s astronomer believes that it is possible. Yes, the Pope actually has an astronomer, and we will hear from him him in an interview at Lifetree Small Group this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to join us for fellowship and conversation in room 130. Lifetree Small Groups are a great way to connect with others at Crossing Community.