In recent years, the existence of infinite parallel universes has become a popular narrative feature, appearing in several films and television shows. From “Into the Spider-Verse” to “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “The Flash,” and “Loki,” these stories have captivated our attention. Historically so in the case of “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which has racked up over 150 awards.
While these stories are full of fantasy about limitless possibilities and alternate realities, to many scientists, the existence of the multiverse is a real possibility. For some, such as Stephen Hawking, its existence can even be used to explain away the intelligent design of our universe.
Not every scientist feels that way though.
In this episode, we dive (lightly) into some of the scientific study and debate surrounding theories of the multiverse, as well as what they mean for how we understand God, ourselves, and our place in the cosmos. We also discuss why it is that so many people find multiversal stories so captivating and compelling.
REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE
“Rewatching ‘Spider-Verse’: A Theological Response to the Possibility of a Multiverse” by David Hutchings
“God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking Said and Why It Matters” by David Hutchings and David Wilkinson
Insider: Michael Shannon Says ‘the Flash’ Wasn’t ‘Satisfying’ as an Actor and That Multiverse Movies Are Like ‘Somebody Playing With Action Figures’