Heino Falcke | The Hidden World Above

From stargazing as a child to helping lead the team which took the first ever image of a black hole, Heino Falcke has only seen his faith and his work as an astronomer as deeply connected. In this episode we talk about his new book, Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe and Us, where Falcke shares more about what creating the image actually consisted of, and some wisdom he picked up along the way. New discoveries will always challenge and redefine our old frameworks of thought, but Falcke shows us that this change is not fundamental, that it is a humbling reminder that our finite knowledge of the infinite God is always partial. Heino Falcke and his team’s image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87 reminds us of a message from Paul—that we now see through a glass, darkly; then, face to face.


For more on Dr. Falcke, check out this written interview we also did with him this year: Dr. Heino Falcke: Wondering What Lies Beyond - Articles - BioLogos

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This was a fascinating conversation! Dr. Falcke is also featured in the documentary, Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know, available on Netflix.

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I approve of never letting the desire of faith distort nature.

This was a worthwhile listen for me :pray:. Actually I briefly had an astronomy career, and worked with colleagues at U. Nijmegen (an explicitly Catholic university). And although I thought I was being a tolerant agnostic at the time, actually, when I came to faith, one of the many things I had to repent and apologise for was a kind of secret judgement l had made against my Catholic colleagues. Like Heino, they also did not hide their lamp. The fault was mine. But, the brighter the light can shine, the better.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6

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