Dear CRI Partner:
You can still easily find atheists in philosophy departments.
But it’s getting harder and harder to find them in physics departments.
I’m not sure who first voiced that insight, but I think it’s spot on.
Why? Because physicists understand that the entire physical universe — from the smallest subatomic particles to super clusters of galaxies — is governed by six mathematical constants.
Had these constants been different to even an infinitesimal degree, you wouldn’t be reading these lines now. And I wouldn’t have written them.
Why? Because there would have been no universe
capable of giving rise to life, let alone human beings.
While those of an atheist bent prefer to deny the obvious by attributing the source of this cosmic fine-tuning to exotic multiverse theories (ironically, as far away from scientific testability and empirical verification as one can get!), 3,000 years ago a shepherd king named David rightly wrote that “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
More recently, Templeton Prize winner rabbi Jonathan Sacks has written,
“Contemplation of the natural universe is an intimation, no more and no less, of the presence of a vast intelligence at work in the universe, an intelligence capable of constantly surprising us, showing us that the more we know, the more we know we do not know, yet still beckoning us onwards to a point beyond the visible horizon.”
While David was rightly awed by the glory of the heavens, he understandably had no grasp of the magnitude of the cosmos on which he gazed…
Having no notion of the speed of light, and no possible idea that some of the “stars” he saw were actually distant galaxies, each with a hundred billion stars, he could not have begun to imagine the true immensity of the universe.
To David, when a long day’s travel would have been 20 miles,
the thought of traveling at 186,000 miles per second (the speed of light)
and still taking thousands of millions of years to cross the known cosmos
would have been utterly incomprehensible, even as it is for most people today.
Yet the cosmos spoke powerfully to David in his day, even as it speaks to us in our day. And for honest inquirers and seekers, the “call of the cosmos” still beckons those who are willing to listen.
That’s why I’d like to send you a copy of The Call of the Cosmos: What the Universe Reveals about God, a stunning new production of Illustra Media.
While I have enclosed an insert with more information on The Call of the Cosmos and other companion films, please know that this film is more than a spectacular exploration of galaxies, stars, and the incredible planet we call home. Through it you’ll catch extraordinary glimpses of the Lord’s artistry, wisdom, and unfathomable power manifest in His cosmic handiwork.
“This fascinating film begins with a voyage from Earth to the edge of the observable universe, 45 billion light years away. Then, in a series of visually stunning episodes, we consider the origin and structure of the cosmos and our significance within it…the mysteries of solar eclipses and auroras…an agnostic astronomer’s honest recognition of a supernatural designer…and the convergent revelations of nature and Scripture.”
Like many of the equipping resources we aim to put in the hands of friends like you, The Call of the Cosmos will do “double duty.” It will not only bless and inspire you, your family, and your loved ones but will challenge any agnostic or atheist friends to reconsider the tenability of their positions.
As MIT physicist Ian Hutchinson puts it elsewhere,
“God has not set the mechanism of the universe in motion independent of his attention and gone on vacation. Nor has he set it in independent motion and allowed himself the liberty of an occasional intervention or adjustment. He continuously sustains it ‘by his word of power’ and science is discovering the coherent and law-like stability of that sustainment.”
Let’s face it. There are millions of people in today’s secular, post-Christian culture who have dismissed Christianity as “pre-scientific.” If we’re going to reach a skeptical world increasingly disinclined to religious narratives, we need truths that are scientifically verifiable and rationally inescapable.
That’s what The Call of the Cosmos and the Intelligent Design Collection and Design of Life Collection will provide for you. And I’m confident these films will inspire you just as much as they inform and educate.
Please know that it’s your faithful support that enables CRI to continue equipping fellow believers. Not just here at home but increasingly around the world through the growing reach of digital and social media.
It’s no exaggeration to say that our work would not continue without the support of ministry partners like you.
Please take a moment to review the enclosed sheet on The Call of the Cosmos: What the Universe Reveals about God. My strong hunch is that you’ll watch this again and again and use it to touch the lives of others in highly impactful ways. And I’m hard pressed to think of more meaningful gifts as we head into the Christmas season.
God bless you for the difference your partnership makes in the lives of so many each day!
Because Life and Truth matter…
Host, Bible Answer Man Broadcast
P.S. Although clearly not a Christian, Albert Einstein — an icon of undisputed genius who changed our understanding of the universe — spoke in his own hauntingly beautiful way regarding the “call of the cosmos”:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. This insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive form — this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men….It is enough for me to contemplate the mystery of conscious life perpetuating itself through all eternity, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe which we can dimly perceive, and to try humbly to comprehend even an infinitesimal part of the intelligence manifested in nature.”