THE CREATION WALK INTRODUCTION
Brian Grogan SJ
The Creation Walk is the story of the Universe, a story full of mystery, wonder and awe. It includes the story of our Common Home, Mother Earth, and the story of you and me. Because it is a divine story, appropriate scriptural quotations accompany the scientific account.
The story of the Cosmos has remained unknown until our own time, although it was talked about ever since humans sat around campfires 100,000 years ago and tried to understand where they had come from. Less than 100 years ago, in the 1930’s, astronomers discovered that the Universe is expanding: this enabled them in the 1970’s to work back to the moment when the Universe began, roughly 13.8 billion years ago. Only 50 years ago, in 1969, photos from the Apollo 8 spacecraft showed humans the whole Earth for the first time.
We then are the first generations to know the history of our home and our own remotest origins. The articles that follow will help you to walk through time, from its beginning until today: with the interplay of science and divine revelation, you will learn the extraordinary story of how we came to be where we are today. Knowing how the Universe has unfolded will bring us closer to the Creator, because God is author both of the book of Scripture and the book of Nature.
We are told that God walked in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the evening (Genesis 3:8). God still walks in the garden we call Earth, our Common Home, and will be with us till the close of this world’s history and beyond. Each successive step described in this series is a divine total surprise and unpredictable, because ‘my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord’ (Isaiah 55:8). When we fear that all will end in catastrophe, the story gives hope of one more unpredictable divine twist whereby ultimately all will be made well.
Note that all ‘facts and figures’ in the series are open to amendment in the light of ongoing scientific exploration. A primary sourcebook is Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry: The Universe Story; from the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era, 1992. The Internet provides immense data–sometimes conflicting–on every topic touched on.
‘Wow! What happened next?’ come walk with us through time by visiting our website www.lovingsisterearth.com/creation-walk/