Finally, A Temple of Science for Rational Belief
I heard about this a few weeks ago from Marcia Tanner via the Crumb new media curating list, and was completely intrigued by the idea - a temple to science, created by conceptual artist Jonathan Keats. I can't quite believe that no one has done this before.
My favourite details about it relate to the fact that there are lofty stained glass windows which are "patterned to show the cosmic microwave background radiation - capturing
the universe in the first several hundred thousand years of creation - using NASA's new WMAP satellite data."
I also like that the music is composed as "a canon for three cosmic voices titled "Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?"". This of course is a central question for those interested in radical theology or working from a background of speculative metaphysics.
Finally, it is safe to go to church...
The URL for the centre is http://www.magnes.org/atheon/
Four millennia after Abraham fathered Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and 150,000 years after hominids introduced burial rituals to the Mediterranean, religion will finally be made compatible with science on September 27, 2008. From that day forward, a two-story downtown Berkeley building dubbed the Atheon will provide a spiritual home for rational people in California, and guidance to acolytes worldwide.