We feel the tension of living in medias res. Of these three postmodern quests, only quantum contingency is discussed in this text. The main theme of postmodernism that he addresses is quantum indeterminacy. By limiting his work to quantum indeterminancy and the scope of the cosmos, he neglects other voices whose perspective is both counter to and affirming of his quest.
I realize that he cannot accomplish everything in this massive work, but it needs to be balanced with the particularities of other perspectives that are more local. Let me offer an example. Researchers at the Sanford Lab explore some of the most challenging questions facing 21st century physics, such as the origin of matter, the nature of dark matter and the properties of neutrinos.
This cultural dissonance between the Sanford Lab and local tribes is expressed here in a scientific article:. Physicists visited local powwows to stamp out rumors about Homestake being turned into a nuclear waste. The struggle to meet goals to work with local Native Americans, whose cooperation is vital to keeping the project on track.
The local Native American tribes are wary.
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Passion and bitterness still runs strong, even among the Native American students. So many of the problems that Native Americans face are invisible on the surface to most people in South Dakota. People like me need to discover that living merely at surface level will not help us to face the disparities, prejudices, and problems on the reservations.
The exciting revelation about this local story of cosmic proportions is that leaders from local Native American nations were invited to SURF, and after a lengthy visit underground they emerged with a wonderful connection between their Native origins story and the narrative of the physicists. After my experience of going underground, I feel as if I have just been reborn.
The embedded nature of our social location must be connected to our cosmic location. While deconstructive philosophies are hardly going away, the fragmentation of knowledge in a post-truth world needs a new vision to construct how we see the world. Now it might be necessary to combine the virtues of defining our social location within our natural and cosmic location. How can big history help local history? The danger of focusing only on the local is that it excludes the broader scope of cosmic history.
The historical realities of the bigness of history must coincide with the particularities of the local world in order to gain a critical perspective about our world. Then he compares and contrasts different concepts of the divine and ultimate. By asking the God question it shapes a different reading of the story of the universe than the majority of thinkers within the big history movement who have left out the God question.
This book will pose supra-cosmic questions that most big historians and world historians refrain from asking. Posing supra-cosmic questions makes the cosmos itself look different, even more magnificent and more awe-inspiring. This experience of transcendence is the relationship with God who is the creator and who gives our cosmic history order and purpose. What does the big bang story mean?
As a scientific story, it has no meaning.
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Scientific stories are always meaningless because the methods of science exclude meaningfulness at the outset. Even so, the story of the big bang cannot help but inspire in us a sense of wonder, awe, and appreciation. I began the review with a view of the human place within the cosmos and it history.
Bringing the project as a whole to bear in this final chapter, Peters offers the insights from the axial vision of transcendence as one response to the environmental crisis that we are facing in our earthly home. Peters joins many other prominent voices who call for an ecological framework that links our epistemological and ethical bearings on taking care of our home in the cosmos. In the closing chapters of the book, Peters brings the reader around to his theological framework implicit in the whole project: that the future of the cosmos is bound to the action of a gracious God.
Our hope for the world rests in the grace of God. Introduction R eading God in Cosmic History was like quenching a dry, parched throat with a long cool drink of water.
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But you, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalm He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. Psalm Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psalm He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
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John For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. New International Version But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. New Living Translation But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
English Standard Version But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Berean Study Bible But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and faithfulness.
Give grace to the ungracious, and God will bless your efforts with healing and understanding. People who live in fear have no concept or understanding of faith, but your gracious response gives them a glimpse into grace. When they lash out, listen. When they accuse, forgive. When they are angry, stay calm. When they are critical, pray for them. When they give up, be there for them. Grace is the governor that keeps the relational engine running smoothly. Be a grace giver, and you will never lack people to love! If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources.
We are trusting the Lord for His provision. Your email address will not be published. Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today — June 29, They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them. Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today — June 28, We will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us that we may be saved.