Scripture: Matthew 13:54-58; Proverbs 8:22-31
Our summer sermon series is called Sans Pareil: Without Equal. When something or someone is said to be sans pareil, it means they are literally the best in the world or that they are a class above the rest. Each week will be looking at two people who are the best in their field. In our last sermon, we examining two of the best athletes to ever live. This week we are examining two of the greatest phenomes in physics and math—Albert Einstein and Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Einstein is considered by many to be the greatest physicist of all time. Interestingly, Einstein abhorred traditional education. Einstein is famous for saying, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” Einstein believed that education dulls the mind and prevents true creative thought. The reason why is because the primary end of formal education is simply demonstrating that you memorized all the appropriate facts and figures. It does nothing to inspire new ways of thinking.
Proof of this can be found in the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, perhaps one of the most talented mathematicians to ever walk the face of the planet. Ramanujan had little to no formal training in mathematics, but during his short life, he independently compiled nearly 3,900 results. Many were completely novel and have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research.
Both men believed that math provided insight into the mind of God. Indeed, Ramanujan was once quoted as saying, “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.” This Sunday we are going to discuss how wisdom in the form of mathematical equations and physics give us insight into how the universe functions. The more we are able decode the universe through these disciplines, the more we are able to comprehend the mind of God.
I’ll see you on the live-stream. I hope everyone out there remembers to celebrate their fathers on Father’s Day!