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Uploaded on Jul 17, 2016
This is the second of three presentations that are part of the series “Exploring the Convergence of Science and Religion: Following in the Footsteps of Charlie Townes.” In this series, Rev. Dr. Robert Russell explores the work of renowned physicist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Charles Townes on physics and faith. The presentations were given in 2016 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ, where Dr. Townes was a member and Dr. Russell is currently a member.
The second presentation focuses on "Cosmology and Creation: what the beginning of time (t=0) and the fine-tuning of the universe ("Anthropic” Principle) tell us theologically.” Scientists like Townes have discovered two extraordinary facts about Big Bang cosmology: i) the universe began some 13.7 billion years ago at a “singularity” termed “t=0” for the absolute beginning of time, and ii) the fundamental constants of nature, like the speed of light, have precisely the numerical value that is a prerequisite for the biological evolution of life. Russell lays out three views on the potential relevance of t=0 to faith in God the Creator. He shows why Townes tended towards a moderate view that while faith is based on scripture and religious experience, discoveries like the beginning of the universe play a supportive role in that faith.
The first presentation in the series is “Faith, Science, Intuition and Paradox” and the third is “Free Will and Quantum Physics.”