Songs about science…?

Following on from last week’s post, I’m looking for material for new worship songs using scientific discoveries, in the hope that someone might take the bait…

What about the amazing discoveries made through the Hubble Telescope? The pictures from this incredible piece of technology in the sky grace our coffee tables, computer monitors and television screens every day. Hubble has filled in many of the gaps in our knowledge about how planets form. Before high-resolution images were available astronomers could only guess some of the details, but now a clearer picture has emerged – quite literally!

Planets form in vast clouds of dust and gas called nebulae. A new planetary system forms when part of the cloud clumps together and begins to collapse under the force of gravity. The compression at the centre of the cloud is so great and causes so much heat to be generated that a new star is formed. The remainder of the dense cloud rotates around the star and begins to flatten into a disc. Planets begin to coalesce within this circulating dust ring. The new planets grow larger and larger, gathering up the remaining dust until a new group of planets is formed orbiting around its own star.

It’s incredible that we can know about star formation in such detail, given that it happens so far away, and over such a long period of time. The discoveries from space telescopes such as Hubble provide plenty of fuel for the imagination, and increase our picture of how big our creator God is. Our universe was created through the same Jesus who appeared to a small nation on the tiny planet that we call home. It’s hard to keep those two things in your head at the same time…

And I can’t write on Hubble without mentioning that Dr Jennifer Wiseman, the chief scientific officer of Hubble Telescope, is a Christian and has written her own thoughts down in a paper for BioLogos about science as an instrument of worship. She also appeared on BBC’s Women’s Hour, speaking about a talk she was about to give at the Faraday Institute on life on other planets.

One thought on “Songs about science…?

  1. Richard Hosking June 27, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    With some trepidation, here’s an attempt about the ‘inner space’ of neuroscience (including neuro-anatomy, neuro-physiology, fractal geometry, neural networks, mirror neurons (link below) and neuro-plasticity). (With thanks to Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Benoit Mandelbrot, V.S. Ramachandran, Moses, David, St John, St Paul and whoever wrote Hebrews).

    WITH ALL OUR MIND

    Creator God by Whose Word
    We from dust, DNA-defined,
    Let us Your Book of Life remember
    And Love You with all our mind.

    For in the galaxy of our brain
    A hundred billion nerve cells sing
    So let us join Creation’s chorus
    And sound ‘Hosanna’ to our King.

    From cell to cell, neuron to neuron,
    Electric sparks and chemicals roll
    So let our fluttering synapses praise You
    With butterfly wing-beats of our soul.

    Living fractal forms so boundless
    Each brain cell branches like a tree
    So let us yield our fruit in season –
    By streams of water planted be.

    For in Eden – our mind’s garden –
    Rival neural networks vie,
    So help us choose Your Tree of Life
    And disregard the serpent’s Lie.

    When we watch another’s actions
    Our mirror, motor, neurons fire;
    So let our eyes be fixed on Jesus –
    Faith’s perfector, heart’s desire.

    All our lives our brains transforming
    Habits pattern – memories bind
    So through Grace and Truth renewing
    Let us Love You with all our mind!

    Short talk about recently discovered mirror neurons, which have huge cultural significance:

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