THE POPE AND THE PARTICLESDecember 5, 2011
Mitch Batros over at Earth Changes Media is reporting an interesting story about the Vatican's interests in the Large Hadron Collider experiments of CERN:
I just love stories like this, because it gives opportunity for the mind to ruminate on various scenarios of why the Vatican would take such a keen interest in matters of physics.
From the historical standpoint, it is,obviously, explainable. The Vatican, as we all know, took a keen interest in the Galileo case, through its then "grand inquisitor" Cardinal Bellarmine. While the Vatican gets a lot of heat- rightfully so - for its handling of Galileo, what most moderns do not realize is that Galileo complicated his case with his theory of tides, which was manifestly false and as Cardinal Bellarmine repeatedly emphasized. But the Vatican's interest in science matters took a much darker turn with its burning of Giordano Bruno. At least in Galileo's case he got an apology (a couple of centuries late to be sure), but in Bruno's case the Vatican remains as unrepentant as the Nolan.
Here we speculate, and it's entirely speculation. Let's take a quotation from the article as our basis:
"As I'm digging into Vatican documents hidden in plain-sight, a picture has developed. I conjecture the Vatican is comparing what they posses in ancient text, materials, scrolls, first hand originals items of which none of us are aware - to recent scientific discoveries from spacecrafts Fermi, Plank, Wise, Chandra, and Cassini. Why these? Each one of them has brought back new information from deep space (universe) which has turned scientific formulas (understandings) on its head. Scientific bodies literally have to re-write the books."
Batros follows this up with another, citing an undisclosed Vatican "source":
"In the last century, man certainly made more progress - than in the entire previous history of humanity. Scientists do not create the world; they learn about it and attempt to imitate it, following the laws and intelligibility that nature manifests to us. The scientist's experience as a human being is therefore that of perceiving a constant, a law, a logos that he has not created but that he has instead observe. In fact, it leads us to admit the existence of a rhythmic causation which is not made by the hand of man, and which sustains the universe. This is the meeting point between the natural sciences and religion. As a result, science becomes a place of dialogue, a meeting between man and nature and, potentially, to the creator of all."
Normally I am not given to comment - nor even to mention - "anonymous sources" but in this instance I think what Batros has cited is significant. Here's why: I have maintained in a number of my books that the ancients had a "topological metaphor" of the physical medium and of its relationship to the created world, and to mind or consciousness itself. Qithin quantum mechanics, there are theories that particles are literally created "ex nihilo" as it were from the vacuum itself, the Dirac sea, or "quantum foam" or whatever one wishes to call it. The trouble is, this metaphor existed prior to the rise of the Yahwist religions, and in a certain sense, as Dr de Hart and I attempted to show in The Grid of the Gods, the trinitarian structure of this metaphor, in almost all mythologies in which it is found, arises from a formally explicit necessity, no faith or special revelation involved.
Put in that way, then, the Vatican may be sensing that science and very ancient religious cosmologies could conceivably spell a long-term threat, and hence, its interest. Keep the dial on this one, for it will be an interesting one to watch.