Divine Paradoxes


Paradoxes are common in both cosmology and in theology.  Indeed, this shared quality demonstrates how these two seemingly diverse endeavors are really quite similar, if not two sides of the same coin. A photon can act like either a wave or a particle depending on what is being tested, or what question is being asked.Continue reading “Divine Paradoxes”

The Human Advantage


The Human Advantage Primitive humans were at a distinct disadvantage in a world of lions and hyenas.  In a land ruled by fang and claw, early humans were unarmed.  Also, humans seemed to lack the basic strength and athleticism necessary to compete on the savanna.  Humans are slow runners being much slower than both theirContinue reading “The Human Advantage”

Proposal for a Mission to Jupiter and Europa


Now that Curiosity is safely on Mars and ready to begin its exploration, an exploration that could go on for decades due to its nuclear power plant, I would like to propose the next major NASA endeavor. It is time to return to Jupiter.  The Galileo mission (1995-2003) was a tremendous success even though theContinue reading “Proposal for a Mission to Jupiter and Europa”

Cosmological Mysteries Needing Answers


The more we learn about cosmology and theoretical physics the more questions seem to arise.  Here are some of the most urgent questions of this age: Is there extraterrestrial life? This is almost a certainty.  There is most likely extraterrestrial life in our own solar system.  We need to look at places such as EuropaContinue reading “Cosmological Mysteries Needing Answers”

Extra Dimensions


It is hard to understand why there is still any debate about extra dimensions beyond the three spatial and one temporal dimension that are a part of our everyday experience.  With Einstein’s description of gravity as the warping of the spacetime continuum, it should be obvious to all that that warp must occur in anContinue reading “Extra Dimensions”

Cosmic Creation and Calamity


I once had a question about volcanoes that launched a spiritual inquiry. Why are their volcanos? They cause so much death and destruction. What purpose do they serve? And, why are they allowed to exist at all? It seems hard to fathom the destructive forces of nature. We expect to be safe and comfortable inContinue reading “Cosmic Creation and Calamity”

Life in the Solar System


By gregbentall on May 28, 2012 | Edit One of the most poignant questions that we face is, “Are we alone?”  Space is so infinitely vast, with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each one home to hundreds of billions of stars.  With such vastness of space it seems hard to believe that there is not someone else out there. Continue reading “Life in the Solar System”

The Cosmos and the Logos of God


United Church of Cloverdale Sunday, June 27, 2010 The Work of God’s Fingers Psalm 8:1-9 Greg Bentall When I was a small boy I loved to sleep out under the stars.  I could spend hours just watching the night sky.  There were stars and planets, satellites and meteors, nebulae and galaxies.  But the sky wasContinue reading “The Cosmos and the Logos of God”