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Cancer and Faith, particularly religious faith, is a complicated and empassioned subject, one I usually steer clear of. But a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, by Lawrence Krauss, questioned what faith really is, given our ever increasing knowledge of cosmology and quantum mechanics.
It’s a subject which is especially soul searching for cancer survivors, who are forced to address their own mortality and the meaning of their lives frequently. For some, it reaffirms their religious faith in which they find solice. For others, it reawakens years of separation from their faith as they start to understand their God’s plan. And for the rest of us it raises many unresolved questions.
I’ve lost three of my closest friends to ovarian cancer. I can’t find any explanation as to why a God would rip them away from their families at such a young age. If that was The Plan, which none of us are supposed to question, then I can’t subscribe to it.
So what is the meaning of life for survivors, or is there one? The recent article said most surprising, that, combining the ideas of general relativity and quantum mechanics, we can now understand how space itself could arise spontaneously out of nothing.
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