The Story of the Big Bang to Us!
Every culture, religion, and child eventually wonders, “how did it all begin?” Traditions and authorities through the ages have offered a variety of origin stories, which are typically wondrous and insightful. To paraphrase one example, “At first there was nothingness, not even light, space or time.”
“Big History” is the multi-disciplinary study that examines and works to understand how the universe began and subsequently unfolded over the past 13.8 billion years. Big History study began in the early 1980’s with David Christian, an Australian professor, through his college courses and subsequent international organization. The organization promotes the telling and understanding of “how it all began,” based on empirical evidence from cosmology, geology, paleontology, anthropology, and yes, history.
Presenter Ken Solis, First Church member and a lecturer and writer for the International Big History Association, will offer an online class this winter comprised of four sessions with accompanying illustrative slides. Besides retelling a story of how the universe eventually led to “us,” he will also give a Big History perspective on contemporary issues that affect us today like racism and pandemics. History sometimes has as much or more to teach us as science.
The sessions will be interactive and allow participants to examine how their own questions and experiences fit in the context of a 13.8 billion years story and a vast wondrous universe – a universe that eventually made possible people who could ask questions like, “why, how, and when did it all begin?”
Four sessions online, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
$20.00 members/$35.00 non-members (fee waivers available at email@example.com)
Register by January 31: http://bit.ly/UUBigHistory