Cosmic Mysteries

by Carol Iannone

In today’s New York Times, Robert P. Kirshner, professor of astronomy at Harvard, explains that the universe is mysterious; 70 percent consists of a mysterious force known as dark energy, according to recent discoveries, and 25 percent consists of a mysterious substance known as dark matter. Only 5 percent is made up of what we see, galaxies, planets, people, etc. The fate of the universe depends on dark matter and dark energy pushing and pulling against each other. “If this is right,” Kirschner writes, “the things we observe in the universe are not the important things.” Doesn’t this sound something like the Bible, where the writer of Hebrews remarks “that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”?

Kirshner goes on to say that some people don’t like to think of themselves as made up of material atoms that are only a minor part of the cosmic scheme, but as for him, “it makes me feel special.” Isn’t that sweet? He feels special, and well he should. With so little matter available, the universe still took the trouble to take some of it to flesh out Professor Kirshner. And isn’t that something like what many feel about being created by God? Special, I mean.

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