Anybody out there intrigued by the news of the optical lattice atomic clock, and that it might re-define the second? It will lose just when second in 300 million years. Must have an amazing battery fitted!
In spite of this state of the art device, it does not really measure a time we comprehend. Humanly, we will continue to measure time by taking the year, or the day, and defining the second by dividing the into hours, minutes then seconds. The atomic clock takes a tiny vibration, and adds it up until it makes up a second.
It is a similar difference to that between a frequency and a note. One is measured, the other perceived.
And though sorely tempted, I won’t bring in Einstein’s theory of special relativity, which describes how seconds get shorter and longer as your velocity changes…
Tomorrow afternoon Steve and I, after showing Classes 4 5 and 6 from Anchorsholme the church, will face their intriguing questions, including ‘How Old Is God?’
Now, the thing is that neither the optical lattice clock, nor the calendar, will help to answer that question. Reading science fiction might be of some use though. God does not live in time as we can imagine it, in this respect he is beyond our comprehension. You have to see beyond.
But the amazing thing is he communicates with his creatures, and that his creatures have the capacity to engage. He comes alongside to enable us to see beyond.
I hope the young people enjoy their visit, and see beyond the physical to get a sense of the infinite. The infinite, the divine and the human, all wrapped up in the one. Jesus.