January 14, 2014
Rev. Randy Bremer
The Related World of God and the Atom
Rev. Bremer will share with us about the work of two great Scotsmen; the 19th century physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, and theologian T.F. Torrance. Maxwell's book, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, published in 1873, was hailed by Albert Einstein as the most significant work since Isaac Newton. Torrance shows how it was Maxwell's understanding of Trinitarian theology that led to his dissatisfaction with the mechanistic world view that had dominated since Newton, and enabled him to articulate and mathematically define a dynamic field theory that opened the door for 20th century advances in physics. Torrance is one of the giants of modern Reformed theology. Long time professor at Edinburgh, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, honored as a Protopresbyter of the Greek Orthodox Church, advisor to the Vatican about the philosophy of science, and a recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion; the list of his accomplishments would exceed the patience of the reader. Torrance followed his mentor, Karl Barth, as a thoroughgoing Trinitarian, and he brought to his theology a profound grasp of 20th century physics, especially Einstein's theory of relativity.
Rev. Bremer is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he majored in math and minored in physics. He was a co-recipient of the math prize given to the outstanding mathematician in the senior class. He then attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was especially drawn to professors James Loder and Diogenes Allen, both of whom had a passion for integrating Christian faith and the natural science.
Upon graduation from PTS, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and has served pastorates in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina, including an Interim at Laurel Hill. He is currently a member of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, laboring outside the bounds to serve as Interim Pastor of Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Ba. He has maintained an interest in the integration of faith and science, and has found Thomas Torrance, Alister McGrath and John Polkinghorne to be helpful guides.