The University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents: Eclipsed? The Significance of Human Life in an Incredible Universe.
Tuesday 10th of April: 6:00pm refreshments, 6:30 talk
St John’s Centre – Corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, Wellington
Modern telescopes enable breathtaking discoveries scarcely imaginable by earlier generations, including black holes, dark matter, and thousands of planets beyond our Solar System. This sheds light on a universe apparently has been growing more mature, complex, and hospitable for life for nearly 14 billion years. But these discoveries also cast doubts on traditional biblical and theological understandings of human uniqueness. What is our sense of human identity and significance in a universe that may be teeming with life? How do new images of the heavens inspire renewed philosophical, theological, and artistic reflection on the meaning of human life in the cosmos?
Join astrophysicist Dr. Jennifer Wiseman as she reflects on the relationship between religion and science through the lens of her research with the Hubble Space Telescope.