The universe is still coming into being. It is a story still being told. The most remarkable thing about any story is that it can be the carrier of meaning. We tell stories to bring out the significance of a series of events, for example the episodes that make up a person’s life, or that of a family, tribe, or nation. Now, at last, scientists are putting together a new story about the cosmos. Along with our growing awareness that the universe is a story we cannot help wondering whether it too carries a meaning. Is something important working itself out in the universe? If so, what could it be and how might we put it into words? As with any story, we have to wait. Nevertheless, the general outlines of the story so far are clear. Matter, life, and thought, three vast regions of being that used to seem like separate layers in a fixed, vertical hierarchy, have now been exposed as successive epochs in a still unfolding drama. So what comes next? This program reflects on the new cosmic story and its significance for understanding religion and science as well as their relationship to each other.
Resource Person: John F. Haught, PhD., is Distinguished Research Professor, Theology Department, Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution and ecology. His recent books include: Science and Faith: A New Introduction (Paulist Press, 2013) and Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). He lectures internationally on issues related to science and religion.