Janet and I have Telus Satellite TV and every now and then we get promos channels for a few weeks or a couple of months. One channel that we have been receiving recently is the BBC Earth channel in high definition. It has been lovely to watch so many programs from BBC about our earth and the universe in which we live! I don’t know whether we will subscribe to it or not, but we’ll enjoy it until mid-April.
Wednesday evening, we watched a program on the human body from conception to death and how our body maintains itself with all the intricate systems that keep us alive. It was one of those programs that makes you go, “Wow!” And sure enough, we both went, “Wow!”
One of the presenters at this year’s Epiphany Explorations in Victoria, the conference that I attended, was William Brown; he’s a Presbyterian scholar of the Hebrew Scriptures at Columbia University in Atlanta, Georgia. He gave three lectures and talked about the hermeneutic of wonder as a way of understanding scripture and life. “Hermeneutic” is a fancy word for “a method of interpretation.” It is Brown’s contention that coming at Biblical stories from a place of wonder is a helpful way to make the Bible relevant to today’s world and helps us be informed both about scientific advancements and about how to advocate for climate change mitigation. It’s an intriguing thought: a hermeneutic of wonder.
Brown spoke about advancements in astrophysics and astrobiology. Astrophysics is the study of the Big Bang and the »»