Nature’s God: On the Beauty and Wonder of the Natural World

Dr. Michael Wolfe will start out by explaining the origin of the term “Nature’s God”, which appears in the Declaration of Independence. This concept, that God and Nature are indistinguishable, arguably has its modern philosophical origins with Baruch Spinoza in the 17th century, for which he was labeled an atheist. Asked if he believed in God, Einstein famously replied “I believe in Spinoza’s God.” I will then provide selected examples of concepts and discoveries in the biological sciences that instill in me a state of wonder, awe and appreciation of the miracle of our existence, even in the absence of an anthropomorphic god.

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