Echoes of a Voice

After returning home and starting to process what happened during our visit to South Wales and the gathering in Cardiff, I found this a welcome reminder from a different but parallel perspective that the Lord deeply desires our intimacy and to take us deeper into Him.

Science and Belief

cathedral Cologne 1216095_23168992 Rudy Tiben copyWhat is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are they not both saying: Hello?

The Christian writer J.W. Sire quoted this line from Annie Dillard[1] in Echoes of a Voice, a new book that explores the phenomenon of spiritual or ‘transcendent’ experiences. What are they, why do they happen, and do they mean anything?

I have written about the more numinous side of science many times on this blog (see Transcendence and Transcendent Science). Scientists often speak of a reality beyond the objects they are studying, and for some this is encountered in powerful – if rare – experiences of wonder and awe. Perhaps my experience in the Smithsonian Museum that I described last week also comes into that category?

I found Sire’s analysis of these experiences helpful. He describes moments that are

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