Zoom In or Zoom Out, You’ll Still Find God


Taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory from its orbiting 360 miles above the Earth, the photo of Pulsar B1509 captures the X-Ray nebula in a state shaped like a human hand. NASA estimates that the shape, composed of electromagnetic energy pumped out by a neutron star just 12 miles in diameter, spans 150 light years.

Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon, an English philosopher and the father of inductive reasoning and the scientific method, concluded that expanding your vision inevitably leads to evidence of God’s handiwork.

It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy brings about man’s mind to religion: For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.
Francis Bacon

Nineteenth-century Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard agreed, pointing out that expansion of vision can refer to a microcosm as well as a macrocosm.

God’s providence is great precisely in small things; whereas for men there is something lacking here—just as lace seen through a microscope is irregular and unlovely, but the texture of nature under the same scrutiny proves to be more and more ingenious.
Soren Kierkegaard

Since the dawn of time, those perceptive souls with the eye of an artist and the heart of a poet have leveraged the full force of their creative powers to rejoice in God’s grandeur.

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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4 Responses to “Zoom In or Zoom Out, You’ll Still Find God”

  1. ArrVee Says:

    I have always believed this, and honestly, I must have said those words (the title) myself, albeit in a slightly different manner.

    The fact that we cannot even imagine how long a light-year is, then to think that we cannot even use it to measure the universe, or that we can only sense what we can of the universe from what radiation comes our way, is truly mind-boggling, yet even our limited logic cannot accept that it is finite. The fact that something is beyond our comprehension is really humbling and makes us instinctively think that there is more to this than what we can sense – we use the term “dimension” as a feeble attempt to frame it.

    Looking at ourselves, we cannot even imagine how our brain works. Despite all our technology, we instinctively know that our entire consciousness goes beyond our gray matter, hinting at something beyond the physical.

    When we drill down to the micro, for example looking at DNA, we are likewise dumbfounded at how just 4 base molecules can define an entire organism, even one intelligent and advanced enough to be able to examine DNA itself. One cannot help seeing the Great Designer’s Hand in this.

    Zooming in even further, bleeding-edge physics experiments are trying to find the holy grail of the most basic of atomic particles. The elusiveness of this particle has caused the scientists to name it the “God particle”, which is a direct allusion to the title of your article.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Very well put, ArrVee. I think you will like this quote, which sums things up nicely:

    If I get the impression that Nature itself makes the decisive choice what possibility to realize, where quantum theory says that more than one outcome is possible, than I am ascribing personality to Nature, that is to something that is always everywhere. Omnipresent eternal personality which is omnipotent in taking the decisions that are left undetermined by physical law is exactly what in the language of religion is called God.
    F. J. Belinfante

  3. ArrVee Says:

    Yes, I like that quote.

    For me, it is simpler to use faith where one’s understanding ends.

    I really like your very inspirational site – it will take me some time to go back and read your old articles, but this is something to look forward to. Like you said about writing greeting cards, it will no doubt replenish my wellspring of creativity, which I am trying to nurture.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Sounds like a good plan, ArrVee! Thanks so much! I appreciate your appreciation!

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