Ironically, at its moment of cultural triumph, the dynamic of rational enlightenment is fracturing. The cruel teaching of a closed meaningless world is being challenged in the bastions of physical science where it was born. Christians should seize the moment and reassert their open-ended epistemology of existence long shut up in the windowless keep of materialism. It is a sharp opportunity to restore transcendence in the understanding of the origin and ends of existence.
The conceptual physics of the 19th century, circumscribed by mechanics ever since Galileo’s time, abruptly became an impressionistic mural of symmetries guided by an unruly mathematics less and less concerned with discrete physical entities and their whereabouts in space and time.
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Many who acknowledge the unsearchable ways of God,
Who rest easy or anxious in his embrace,
Others who are touched only by the works of nature,
Captivated by the splendor and tumult,
Beguiled by the starry vault and lowly daisy,
Be determined, like a child, to catch God,
To blaze a path toward his fierce love.