H/T the Anchoress:
This is beautiful and celebrates a finite universe, giving us some idea of infinity by the awe it inspires and the Universe’s sheer vastness and complexity.
A Glorious Dawn includes these words:
“But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions
The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has it’s own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world.”
It is interesting to note that Carl Sagan, while positing, a purely material universe, was in awe of Possibility. Yet, he won’t admit the possibility of God, and immaterial realities, such as soul. Sagan trafficked in ideas, and ideas, themselves, simply sing and shout God.
While Carl’s science functions on ideas, his materialistic science must measure, weigh, observe and record. This purely materialistic observing and recording is insufficient for describing all of Reality, all that is. Materialistic science can come to know just part of Reality, the material part.
F.J. Sheed says, “Ask yourself: ‘How much does this idea weigh? How long is it? What color is it? What shape is it? How much space does it take up?’ The answer of course is that your idea has no weight, no length, no color, no shape, and takes up no space. It simply has no material attributes at all. something with no material attributes is immaterial, another word for spiritual.
Carl Sagan glorified ideas, dreaming of future manifestations and possibilities. A solely materialistic view must find a way to account for the immaterial Intellect and for that matter, the Will and Conscience, as well. “Immaterial ideas imply an immaterial faculty capable of forming them. It is impossible for something material to create something immaterial. Therefore the faculty capable of forming spiritual ideas must itself be spiritual.” observes F.J. Sheed in “Theology for Beginners.”