What a provocative title! Surely God does not have a brain any more than he has hands or the other allegorical images we find in the Scripture! We are so used to the material / spiritual divide that we find it very difficult to comprehend the notion according to which there is no matter, only information or energy, what the ancient Greeks called λόγος or what St John called the Word, what modern science might call information or quanta of probabilities.
When I was a little boy, I read about atoms, long before going to science lessons at school. The science of that time saw them as being like little solar systems: a nucleus being orbited by electrons. I then compared our solar system with an atom, and then I wondered what was over the solar system, and then we can find photos from extremely powerful telescopes of galaxies – thousands of light years across. Then coming back to the atom, who lives on the electrons orbiting round their nuclei? Imagine how small the atoms must be that make up the beings that live on electrons!
Perhaps my childish musings were not so fanciful. I found this photo on Astronomers discover ‘BOSS Great Wall’: Billion-light-year-sized galaxy structure composed of superclusters.
That’s right! These are neurons and nerves in a human brain. I was bowled over by this idea of comparing the two. This structure in space is said to be a billion light years across (light speed is about the equivalent of seven times round the world in one second or the distance between the earth and the sun [93 million miles] in a few minutes). Just one light year is beyond our imagination. Perhaps, the BOSS Great Wall, as the astronomers call it, is just a small part of someone’s brain, not made of matter but the λόγος!
Faced with something of this magnitude, we can only be utterly humbled and brought both to our nothingness and our divinity (that image of divinity left within our fallen created beings). Perhaps there are tiny astronomers living on electrons in our bodies looking at the neurons in our brains and marvelling about the brain measuring a billion light years. The mind boggles…
Whatever our lack of scientific knowledge, these few ideas will certainly bring us to the most profound adoration, prayer and sense of wonder.