Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Heart of Discovery: An Overture

"The rift valley at Þingvellir is a dark gash in the moors of Iceland. Some 40 feet deep, the chasm stretches as wide as two miles in some places, but its most famous corridor is the narrow ravine through which the Oxará, or Axe River, flows out of a massive lake, an ancient spring trapped by hardened magma.

“A few years ago our family spent a summer morning walking through the narrow passage. We leapt between fallen rocks and hunted up the small waterfalls tumbling over the steep, charcoal-colored basalt of the canyon walls. The surrounding terrain is vast and unpopulated, unbroken grassy slopes and black soil climbing toward volcanic ridges. It is an open and unnerving landscape, frightful and strangely beautiful. I have never been anyplace where I was so conscious of living on a molten rock hurling through space.”

Read the full text of Provost Mark Sargent’s article “Heart of Discovery: An Overture” in the Fall 2008 STILLPOINT, in which he considers five ways a community of faith can “contribute to a more robust future for the relationship between science and democracy.”

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