I once spent a couple of days with Fr Michael Wood at an Orthodox monastery in France. He is a Russian Orthodox priest of Australian and Anglican origins, and runs a western rite mission in England. He spends time on Facebook bringing us lovely images of medieval English churches. He has also set up a new blog Notes on Life, which I happily make known here.
I have been particularly struck by his article God, the Cosmos and Everything.
I see a certain collusion with the Gnostic vision, a brave attempt of conciliating credal orthodoxy with the mystical and apophatic tradition of understanding the notion of God.
He also introduces the “new” view of the world as expressed by scientists specialised in quantum mechanics. He muses on the way most of us were taught physics at school: the atoms comprising matter in the form of little “solar systems”. What were believed to be solid particles are pieces of information.He also sets out to try to understand something of the “virtual reality” theory. The world exists only by the information on which it depends. No autonomous existence is possible as in the materialist hypothesis. The creation narrative, or the Gnostic equivalent, would have to depend on an analogical understanding. He goes on to describe the need for there to be dimensions outside the universe we experience. The usual analogy is the radio and the wide range of frequencies one can tune in onto – but only one at a time, or the very narrow band of light frequencies we can see with our eyes.
We are brought to awareness of how little we experience or know. Perhaps that is part of our own “evangelisation” and eye-opening from the various prisons in which we languish. Well done, Father.