“If they’re successful, the researchers may not only solve some of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics but affirm their faith in the nature of dark matter.”
– Luke Groskin
What to Consider
- Have you ever had a question that drives you into deeper and deeper questioning? Something that you just cannot stop pursuing? What was (or is) it and how did you pursue an answer?
- How can Dark Matter, an unseen yet pervasive force in the universe, be a metaphor for the work of God in our world?
- What is the role of faith in science versus the role of faith in Christianity? How is its role the same? How is it different?
How to Go Deeper
- Read Job 28 and explore the search for wisdom that is ultimately found in the “fear of the Lord” (v. 28). Share a time when you questioned and pursued answers that were difficult to find. Make comparisons to the hunt for Dark Matter and the search for wisdom.
- Read John 20:24-29, the story of how Thomas doubted the resurrection of Jesus until he saw the risen Lord. Use physicists’ search for Dark Matter as a parallel story of how doubt haunts us as we search for something which we want to believe is true.
- Read Romans 8:18-27. Use the search for Dark Matter as a metaphor for the Christian hope and yearning for the day when “creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21 NRSV). Just as the scientists in this video hope for something they have not seen but have faith exists, so also Christians hope “with patience” for “the redemption of our bodies,” even when we cannot see that hope (Romans 8:23-25 NRSV).