Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion


Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion I was admitted to the hospital recently. As part of the admittance process I was asked to state a religious preference. I surprised myself by saying, “None.” For the first sixty-one years of my life I participated in public acts of worship at least fifty times each year. IContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion”

Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?


Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die? The deepest mystery of faith is what happens when we die. Some would say that we go dark like a candle that is extinguished. Others would suggest that there is a part of us that continues. There is a whiff of smoke as the candle is extinguished,Continue reading “Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?”

Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe


Demystifying Faith – Our Place in the Universe We are born of the cosmos, and this is not some religious illusion. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our teeth were created in ancient stars that exploded as supernovae, spreading their chemical wealth across the galaxy. We are stardust, and to stardust weContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1


Try to envision a universe with nine spatial dimensions and one dimension of time.  Such is the emerging view of our universe according to String Theory.  Or, if you prefer the closely related M-theory, you will have to live with a universe of ten spatial dimensions and one of time. I used to lie awakeContinue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1”

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 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”