“Using the Science of Time to Understand God’s Nature and Our Own”

“Using the Science of Time to Understand God’s Nature and Our Own” August 14, 2020


The sun isn't always calm.
On 31 August 2012, a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3. Pictured here is a lightened and blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO


A new article appeared today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation.  It was written by Jared R. Stenson:


“Temporal Mercies and Eternal Being: Using the Science of Time to Understand God’s Nature and Our Own”

Abstract: How does God relate to time? How do we? Modern science and revelation offer distinctive and fascinating perspectives to these questions. Specifically, the physical mechanisms underlying time have doctrinal parallels, they appear to be operative at the Fall, and they correlate with several phenomena that make God’s mercy possible.


The two epigraphs that preface Dr. Stenson’s article are noteworthy:


Time is clearly not our natural dimension … Whereas the bird is at home in the air, we are clearly not at home in time — because we belong to eternity! Time, as much as any one thing, whispers to us that we are strangers here. – Elder Neal A. Maxwell

People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. – Albert Einstein




It’s probably worth mentioning this Brigham Young University research effort once again, especially as we near the beginning a new school year:


“BYU analysis of 115+ studies: Masks powerful & cost-effective in combating COVID-19: Studies show masks prevent infected people from spreading the virus to others by trapping the respiratory droplets”




In spare moments, I’ve been reading a little booklet that I bought in Colorado two or three weeks ago:  William E. Carroll, Creation and Science: Has Science Eliminated God? (London: The Incorporated Catholic Truth Society, 2011).  William Carroll is (or, anyway, was) the Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars, in the University of Oxford.


Carroll cites a once-prominent German chemist by the name of Heinrich Caro (1834-1910) as having declared, at the opening of the twentieth century, that “science has conducted God to its frontiers, thanking him for his provisional services.”


It scarcely needs saying that Dr. Carroll disagrees.  And, for what little it’s worth, so do I.


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