Jesuit Astronomers on the Stars, the Universe and God

Here, on one of my favorite shows "Speaking of Faith" with Krista Tippett (carried on NPR) are two of my favorite Jesuits (and two friends) George Coyne, S.J., and Guy Consolmagno, S.J., both astronomers working at the Vatican Observatory (in Rome and in Tucson).  Just one is fun enough; two is, well, galactically fun.  Listen here.

James Martin, SJ

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What a fun interview!  Both captured the fun and wonder of Science, which now understands Nature across 60 orders of magnitude.  (God is clearly comfortable with really large numbers.) Coyne and Consolmagno work on the large scales; Dr. Tim Toohig, S.J. (and RIP) perhaps could have explained the wonder and fun on the small scale.  Does such a Jesuit particle physicist exist today, and willing to be interviewed, who could do for the quantum world what Coyne and Consolmagno did for cosmology?
My personal opinion is that two very bright Signs of the Times are the new understandings in Cosmology - e.g. the results of the Hubble Deep Space Probe - and in Biology - e.g. the Human Genome, DNA mapping, life from laboratory chemicals.  Could America address in some future issue what the Sciences are saying today to Theologians?


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