Jennifer Wiseman reflects on whether the beauty of the cosmos might say something about the existence of God.
NATASHA MOORE: For you, does the beauty of the universe say something about God?
JENNIFER WISEMAN: I think, for me, it does. Now, I don’t think by looking with a telescope or a microscope that you can prove God or something like that – these are different kinds of questions. So we use our scientific tools to answer the kinds of questions that scientific tools are designed to answer. So I can use my telescope to measure distances to galaxies, or even to discern the evolution of the universe, which is an amazing thing that we’re doing with our telescopes.
But, for me, I am a person of faith, and when I look at the universe as a whole, it gives me a sense of God’s providence, and, kind of, majesty overseeing a universe that’s above and beyond what we can imagine with our human minds. And provision – you can kind of see how the universe, through natural laws, has evolved to the point of having stars with planets, and planets that can support life – but that whole cosmic history that we understand scientifically also feeds into my faith understanding of God’s provision for life and his love of life.
So I also get a sense, I think, that God is big, and looking over things that I’m not even aware of. And that makes me ever more appreciative.