I really enjoyed listening to the mathematics, + truth, purpose podcast. I think that the truth can be proved and defended. We may differ on the basis for the proof or defense; I would rely on the scriptures more than a mathematical or scientific test as the method for the demonstration. First, I believe the words of Jesus: “I am the way the truth and the life. . .” John 14.6. This is not to minimize the beauty or progress that has been achieved through developing the concepts of particle theory, quantum mechanics, unraveling DNA and mapping the human genome. When I consider the question about truth I also think of the words of Pilate to Jesus: “What is truth?”
One of my sincere questions on how it happened is the stopping and turning back of time on earth, as recorded in the scriptures: Joshua 10.12-13 and 2 Kings 20.11. As a matter of faith I believe these events occurred as they were written. Perhaps the space-time understanding that Einstein developed brings some degree of explanation to this. My mother-in-law recently challenged me on God’s first creation. I was thinking well of course it was the heaven and the earth. Her proposition to me was that the first creation was time, and the continuation of that thought is that God, being outside of and not limited by the time created, will at some point in the future cause the cessation of time. Even the concept of future is only from my perspective, not God’s.
As concerning the concept of free will, and I would by-and-large agree with Levin’s conceptualization, especially the difference between the human constructs and the forces described through mathematical formulae. It may be a bit of a quip, that freedom is not free, but I think it speaks to the concept that we have limitations, responsibilities and purpose that define our understanding of freedom. Perhaps when we escape the boundaries of one reality – human or scientific – we then enter a new freedom that later we will challenge, and so on.
One poem that came to my mind during the podcast was Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day”. If you have a moment, take some time to read this poem and reflect. It takes me from an abstraction of things we may not know to a specific grasshopper that we can see, handle and enjoy. This is kind of a passage from ethereal truths we can only dimly see, to the physical ones we can.
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