Transcendental Mysteries and the Irrationality of Religion

March 14 marks Pi Day, celebrated around the world in honor of the mathematical constant Pi (so celebrated because, rounded to two decimal places, it is equal to 3.14).  Pi’s importance in the physical world and throughout history is well documented; it has been studied for millennia in cultures that span the globe.  Pi is one of the most well-known transcendental numbers (meaning that it cannot be described by an algebraic equation).  It is also an irrational number (meaning that there is no apparent pattern to its decimal digits).  In this sermon, GBAUUF Member Damian Bozzacco will provide an overview of Pi’s significance and delve into transcendence and irrationality in their spiritual and religious contexts.  (According to Wikipedia, transcendence refers to the aspect of a god’s nature and power which is wholly independent of the material universe, beyond all known physical laws; and irrationality is an action or opinion given through inadequate use of reason.)

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