As part of scientific living, we provision ourselves with a broad perspective by integrating inputs from science, philosophy, and religion into a broad concept of evolution. This concept includes some idea of (1) the evolution of our universe from its origin down to the present and into the future; (2) biological evolution, including ecology and health for ourselves and others; (3) psychological growth; and (4) historical progress. In the light of this broad concept, we attune our attitudes and our scientific action to participate wisely in progressive evolution. To integrate inputs from science and religion requires philosophy; so this discussion anticipates discussions yet to come. Today we begin speaking of the cosmos as a whole.
The most all-encompassing scientific discipline is cosmology, the attempted science of the universe, of all that is (or all creation). Humanly speaking, the most important question in cosmology is what kind of a universe this is: Is it on the whole a cold and unfriendly universe or a friendly universe? There is a tendency to let scientific cosmology answer the question. But scientific cosmology eliminates any consideration of a Creator, while philosophical cosmology—if part of a religious philosophy—can include the thought of a Creator.
We can regard the universe as friendly in the following ways. It supports life. It is intelligible to a significant degree. It provides an environment of dependable facts and causes that we can work with. It gives us the prospect of a friendlier world if we cooperate. And it allows us to believe in a Friend we cannot see and a destiny we cannot prove.
Do you agree that these five observations support the thought that the universe is friendly? Do you embrace an overall concept of a friendly universe? If so, when do you feel the universe to be friendly? How does that overall attitude make a difference in your life? What more reasons in favor of a friendly universe can you give?
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