Grace, String Theory & A Little Music, Please

kinnon —  July 8, 2008 — 3 Comments

My friend, Grace, has a very interesting post on String Theory today. She asks these questions,

What if the fundamental substance of everything is vibrating strings, and what if these sound waves or strings are really the voice of God, meaning He not only spoke everything into existence in the past, but the essence of matter currently is His voice?

What if every created thing is the physical manifestation of His voice, and the actual physical substance we experience is, at the very innermost core level, the voice of God?

This reminded me of one of Roy Williams’ Monday Morning Memos from a few years ago where Roy talked about String Theory. (I pointed this out in a comment on Grace’s blog.)

Listen to a group of physicists talk about String Theory and it will slowly dawn on you that they’re explaining the entire universe as nothing but the quivering, dancing echo of the voice of God. “Let there be light.”

String Theory describes energy and matter as being composed of tiny, wiggling strands of energy that look like strings. And the pitch of a string’s vibration determines the nature of its effect.

In essence, String Theory describes space and time, matter and energy, gravity and light, indeed all of God’s creation… as music.

Which then reminded me of one of my own posts from ’06 that riffed on Roy’s memo. The rather long post is called The Power of Music in Church where I ponder,

Could it be that, we don’t just resonate with music, we are, in fact, music. Our physical reaction to music (toes tapping, body swaying, hands clapping, people dancing) is just a function of how we’ve been constructed. Which would explain both the power of music in the church, and the reason there’s so much discussion and disagreement about it.

Must be a day for following the beagle where ‘er she leads.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to Grace, String Theory & A Little Music, Please

  1. God is a poet, a musician, and and architect rolled into one.

  2. Bill,
    I wasn’t aware that there has been so much thought already in this area. I guess maybe I’m not completely off the map.

    I really enjoyed the post about absent-minded people. Perhaps in blogging we have found “a friend with whom they can discuss thoughts and ideas that matter to no one else but them.”

    Well, I wonder where the beagle will lead this week.

  3. I found this website on my search about the relation between God’s word and String Theory. I also have the impression that the vibrating tiny strings might be the Word of God as John 1:1 mentioned: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – Charles WONG from Hong Kong.


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