Inside Our Awakening Universe: The New Cosmic Story and the Meaning of Faith

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Wednesday 29 May


Winton Building 5, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

Scientists now know that the universe is a story still unfolding. From the perspective of physics the cosmos may look like a process of heat exchanges and energy transformations, but if we look deep inside we see that the universe has also given rise, at least on Earth, to beings eager to understand where they came from, where they are going, and what they should be doing with their lives. From this “inside” perspective, then, the universe is a story of awakening. But how are we to read the story? Is its awakening a mere departure destined for an eternal sleep? This lecture examines three distinct ways of answering these questions, and in doing so it offers a new understanding of the spiritual life.

John F. Haught is a Catholic Theologian and Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University, author of 16 books in the area of religion science, cosmology, evolution and ecology, and he lectures and works focus on a vision of reality that provides room for both scientific inquiry and a biblical understanding of God.

His most recent publication is The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe (2017) Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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