Princeton's Center of Theological Inquiry held a special forum on spiritual progress, focusing on five landmark books and authors fostering new conversations on science and religion. We selected audio excerpts from three of our favorite speakers for you to hear:
What do a fiction writer and an astrophysicist have in common? Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, together with physicist Marcelo Gleiser, connect dots between the cosmos, our minds, and all the ways we discover the story of where we came from.
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Marilynne Robinson is a professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She’s the author of several novels - “Housekeeping,” “Home,” and “Gilead,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Marcelo Gleiser is Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.
He’s author of “The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang” and “A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Cosmos.”
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Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. But these are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and atheist who spends his life contemplating such things.
Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned -- in the act of creating a new universe -- about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free will. The ultimate moral of any life and any event, she believes, only shows itself across generations. And so the novelist, like God, she says, paints with the brush of time.