Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fides Quaerens Intellectum

Tonight I attended the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 2013 Summerhays Lecture entitled Hearing Cosmic Harmony Again, by Dr. Daniel Peterson.  With his usual cheerful and self-deprecating humor, Dr. Peterson unfolded the history of scientific thought, from Aristotle's unmoved mover to Einstein's cosmological constant and beyond.

Dr. Peterson used Psalms 19:1-4 as a springboard, weaving the idea of the "music of the spheres" throughout his address.  To enumerate certain clues that point to a purpose driven and divinely intelligent designer of the universe, Peterson drew upon the words of philosophers, poets, scientists, mathematicians, and prophets... people such as Aristotle, C.S. Lewis, Ibn Tufayl, Aquinas, Avicenna, Averroes, Cicero, Scipio Emilianus, Scipio Africanus, Shakespeare, Paul, Alma, William Paley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Steven Weinberg, Plato, Galen, Hippocrates, Galileo, Copernicus, Mohammad, Dante, Sir John Polkinghorne, Heraclitus, Sir Arthur Eddington, Goethe, Edwin Hubble, Sir Fred Hoyle, Hitchens, Georges Le Maitre, Penzius and Wilson, the inventor of chess, Planck, Sandage, Brandon Carter, Sir Martin Rees,  Stephen Hawking, Penrose, Hugh Ross, Robin Collins, Alister McGrath, Freeman Dyson, Antony Flew, Paul Davies, Jon Boslough, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Charles Sanders Peirce, St. Bonaventure, Augustine, Baroneus, Anselm, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William James, Patrick Glynn, Ambrose Bierce and others.

This year's Summerhays lecture was a finely tuned tribute that echoed to the praise of the Creator and Divine Lawgiver.  I would highly recommend a perusal of the written contents of this lecture as soon as it becomes available to the public.  Until then, this article provides some good preliminary thoughts.