The Science of Resurrection

A transcript from The Liturgists Podcast Episode 22: Who Am I?

And the cycle repeated. That cycle had to happen several time before we could have planets. Planets could only exist because a few generations of stars died and were reborn. And it was from that process that this planet that we live on was allowed to exist.

This planet that we live on is covered with a film of life, unlike any we have seen in the universe. As far as we know today it is unique. That life is fed by a process where carbon from the air and minerals in the soil, are attached together with the energy of photons through photosynthesis.

So everything on this planet lives by the constant sacrifice and dying of the nearest star. Every single blade of grass every tree every bush on this planet is a resurrection of the sun’s energy. And I exist because I steal that energy by consuming other things that have died. That dead matter literally returns to life in my body through my metabolism, and one day I will die and a lot of my atoms will go right back to being alive in something else. One day our sun will explode and spread its guts and its essence across the sky, and will then form new planets and new stars.

Resurrection is the pattern of the physical reality we see today. Resurrection is the language of creation, death, burial and renewal; is the way that change occurs. Do I find it that incredulous that somehow, the source of all, left his signature on our civilization through resurrection. I don’t know, but that seems to be poetically appropriate.

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