A Role For Science

The new Hubble telescope has been sending awe inspiring pictures of space. Space is turbulent, complex, colorful, powerful, reminiscent of the bottom of the deepest oceans and yet vaster, more mysterious, more intricate inviting us to do more than gape or wonder. Pictures of space propel us to ask those questions for which there are yet no answers. Are we alone in the universe? Who are humans in this immense scheme? How do we and the planet really fit in? on an even deeper level those pictures so vivid, so compelling prompt us to ponder our relationship to our ultimate source, whether that source is called god or something else. And when we have pondered it all a while, some, like me perhaps, will be left with the notion that science is so often god’s best friend.