Fascinating interview with Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw in the FT (£/reg, alas), on the eve of publication of their book The Quantum Universe.
A key quote:
Cox and Forshaw’s book is a carefully guided tour through this quantum world – but an uncompromising one. It is an attempt to popularise without dumbing down. “We both have a view that physics is understandable to everybody,” Cox says, “if you just take your time and explain it. But it shouldn’t be simpler than that.”
The same ought to be true of Christianity: we should be seeking to communicate the gospel clearly, but we shouldn’t feel embarrassed or defensive about the fact that it is not something that can be grasped easily – that it is something that needs time and explanation.
Cox’s and Forshaw’s comments on quantum theory reminded me a little of the difficulties many have with the doctrine of the Trinity:
“It’s not technically difficult, but it’s intellectually challenging in the sense that the evidence tells you you have to think in a different way,” Cox says.
Forshaw says quantum physics is so counter-intuitive that “nobody got it right first. Everybody had to have their intuition beaten out of them by the data.”
In much the same way, it took the church several hundred years to have its intuitions about God’s nature “beaten out of it” by the biblical data.