Most of us learn something on a fairly regular basis, no matter how educated we might be. What we learn could be important, but it could also be trivial. And, what we learn, though it’s new information to us, might be common knowledge to others.
Take the origin of the universe, for example….
In his book God and the Astronomers, Dr. Robert Jastrow talks about scientific breakthroughs and the long, burdensome process that great minds have to endure in order to achieve them. Then, in a comical way, he reveals the surprise that awaits many of those same scientists after they make their “new” discovery.
The discovery of a definite cosmic beginning is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible: In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth…. It is unexpected because science has had such extraordinary success in trying the chain of cause and effect backward in time. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
Welcome to the club.
God and the Astronomers by Dr. Robert Jastrow. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1992, Page 106.