Daily Archives: August 11, 2012

The Science of God by Gerald L. Schroeder

Schroeder is both a physicist and a devout Jew. I got this book out of the library after reading his first book, Genesis and the Big Bang, which was fascinating in its explanation of how the 6 days of Creation in Genesis and the 16 billion (ish) years of time since the Big Bang are the same.

I was first introduced to this concept watching The Genesis Code, where the concepts are explained simply with helpful props like teddy bears, football players and sci fi movies. If you are at all interested in learning how the ancient biblical text describes the Big Bang and the correct order of Creation in a way that is totally consistent with modern scientific findings, I suggest you start with the movie, then, if you care to read more deeply, get the book.

There are just a few points I want to pluck out of this latest read to share with all y’all.

First, on page 38, Schroder notes that Stephen Jay Gould, one of the leading lights in the “We don’t need no stinkin’ God” neo-Darwinist camp, several times quotes the closing lines of Darwin’s Origin of Species thus:

“There is grandeur in this view of life. … Whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Schroeder then points out that in all six editions editions of Origin of Species that appeared during Darwin’s lifetime, that passage actually reads:

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Second, on page 193, Schroeder answers a question that is often put to him. “If the Bible is true, why doesn’t it teach about dinosaurs?” His answers is … “But it does.”

In Genesis 1:21 we are told that on day five God created the basis for all animal life. Among the categories of animals listed is one named taninim gedolim. Gedolin means big. The singular of taninim is taneen, which appears elsewhere in the Bible and its meaning is known to be reptile. So Genesis 1:21 translates, “And God created the big reptiles.”

Third, on page 205-206: “Perhaps the most recalcitrant of problems in finding accord between Bible and science is the Flood at the time of Noah (Gen. 6-8), approximately 4,100 years ago. … Though flood stories are common to many ancient cultures, lines of native American civilizations show no break at the time of the biblical Flood.”

I’ve always figured the flood was huge, but not global. We’re not talking about a culture that had satellite photos and supersonic air travel. “The whole world” for primitive people was limited to the part of it that they knew. But I’m no Bible scholar, so I also always figured I could be wrong.

Schroeder says I’m not. Two words are used for “world” or “earth” in the Flood account, aretz and adamah. Both words can mean either local environs or the entire planet. For example, Gen. 4:14 says Cain was banished from the face of the adamah. But we know he didn’t go to sea or leave the planet. He was banished from the part of the world that he knew and where he was known.

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Scientists have discovered a new element

The new element is Governmentium (Gv). It has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lefton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons or protons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction normally taking less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons. All of the money is consumed in the exchange, and no other byproducts are produced.

[Got this in email. Author is anonymous.]

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Officer’s Oath

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Officer’s Oath by Terry Lakin – Now available and ON SALE (half off) here

http://superstore.wnd.com/books/Officers-Oath-Paperback

Terry Lakin tells how his military vow to defend the Constitution demanded that he sacrifice his military career.

I have touched on Terry’s story twice in Chrissy’s Site Bites:

November 11, 2010

April 27, 2011

 

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THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

As I type this,Ryan is speaking in Norfolk.News broke early this morning and reactions are already coming from every corner.He is already being slammed by the left,who has long had oppo research on all possible picks,waiting to unsheath the knives and release the baying hounds.Probably won’t be a very long report today.Hope a lot of you will voice your opinion.

 

 

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When I care enough to send the very best

Hallmark hasn’t gotten any business from me in many years — not because I’m boycotting them or anything, but because I have no need for what they sell. That’s because my youngest daughter makes all my cards for me. She’s been doing this since she was just a little sprout (she’s now 17).

When my husband and I recently celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, our daughter made a card for him to give me, and one for me to give him. Here’s his:

penguins

And here’s mine:

frogs

And here’s the card she made for my birthday:

birthday

(check out the label on the bottle — “Blue Bird Bitter”)

When she’s not drawing, or singing, or playing the piano, or reading, or knitting, or climbing trees, or riding her bike, she loves to act. Recently she played the part of Beatrice in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” part of the local theater guild’s Shakespeare in the Park series. Here’s a picture of her tormenting her love interest, Benedick — something Beatrice spends most of the play doing, before finally giving in and marrying him in the end:

beatrice & benedick

 

Later this month she’ll be performing in a program her voice teacher puts on every summer, called “A Little Bit of Broadway.” The students perform songs from Broadway shows, in costume and in character. My daughter will be singing “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked. I haven’t asked her yet how she plans to color her skin green for the performance — I’m not sure I want to know.

Never a dull moment!

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