I have something in common with Brian Green, I am a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work. As an RC interested in all religious and philosophic thought, I share my belief.
In relation to "time". I believe everything happened at once, the big bang was a solitary encounter of everything that is. Jesus said "I am the Alpha and the Omega". God is the beginning and end, and is enmeshed in our time, reconciling us to our original state in the Garden of Eden - where time first was experienced by our original parents - who separated themselves in some way from God. Time is a human invention. Everything comes out of this understanding, the Incarnation, the redemption and salvation. Many of the hints of this reality show up in some way in other faiths. I think the infant in utero is, perhaps, a better example than the fish. As my four year old granddaughter said when speaking of the name of her baby (to my response that I hope I'll be there). "I know, we are all in God's belly." I had compared death with birth. Mariology shows up in different conceptualizations everywhere. Of course what Adam and Eve represent is in question as well as many other accounts in the Hebrew and Christian scripture. There's much more, but I found the tape validating.
Also, I disagree that "free will is the sensation of choice". If everything happened at once, all of the zillions of choices we are presented with and do, but - at the same "time" everything happened at once, in a sense it has happened but it also includes choice. In addition, God intervening can be understood in just the same way. All happened at once (in the sense that we are speaking of human time and creation....God's creation) The Word/The Incarnation "in" time is enmeshed and intervening in the rupture at the same time that they are happening. "for to those who love God and are called in God's plan everything works out to the good." So, in my view, the speaker is missing the context for creation and time.
I find the dialogue fascinating. It will take a great deal of humility to "hear" one another. As a scientist to find an entire world outside of your discipline uninteresting isn't surprising if you cannot allow another discipline to enhance, inform, or modify your science. The same applies to spiritual, philosophic, or religious thought.
So are we holograms, or are we living in a time that is and was and will be. Does deja vu disclose this to us? Is fruitful intuition the consciousness of our unity in one body, not just our perception of our unity? Lots of fascinating questions.
Great conversation. Dr. Thérèse M. Craine Bertsch, DSW
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