“Theoretically, infinite universes might stretch beyond our own, like endless bubbles in a sea of boiling water.” – Marcus Woo
What is the Theology?
This article illustrates one ongoing conversation that is taking place among scientists. By entering these conversations as they are occurring, pastors can demystify the natural sciences and illustrate what it looks like to pursue truth with creativity and determination. Pastors can also work to foster an environment that encourages intellectual humility by allowing tough subjects to be discussed and doubt to be expressed.
The multiverse theory also provides many opportunities to connect with sermons. Pastors can link this with Genesis 1:1-2:4. Or they might show how vast the “visible and invisible” is (NRSV, Col 1:16), including black holes, gravitational waves, dark matter, and other universes. Feel like a little creative speculation? Consider this: How might we understand the new creation in a multiverse? What might the presence of a multiverse mean for the incarnation or the atonement? What might God’s redemptive plans look like on another universe? These avenues of thought can not only be intellectually fun, they can also help pastors and congregants understand their beliefs as they retell it in a speculative alien context.
What to Consider
- How would the presence of other universes change your understanding of the relationship between God and humanity?
- What if life was present in another universe? Alternatively, what if we are the only universe and planet that has life?
- How might the multiverse theory change the way that you read creation narratives such as Genesis 1:1-2:4 and 2:4-3:24?
- What is the role of humility in discussing theories about the origins and complexity of the universe?
How to go Deeper
- Invite physicists from your congregation or community to share about their work and how they live out their Christian faith in their vocation. Ask them to highlight how they deal with uncertainty and intellectual disagreement in their occupation.
- Hold a stargazing party and invite an astronomer to describe the different objects in the sky. You might prepare participants by watching “The Big Story” or Louie Giglio’s “How Great Is Our God?”
- Invite scientists in your congregation to lead a forum discussing different theories about the origins of the universe. You might consider including the multiverse theory, intelligent design, evolutionary creation, young earth creationism, and old earth creationism. Make sure to emphasize the similarities, differences, and overlap between different theories.
“4 Multiverses You Might Be Leaving In” – NOVA PBS
“Universe and Multiverse” – BioLogos
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