This is the last assignment for the Koinonia Institute course Science and the Bible. This course follows the KWL format and below are my answers for the seventh and eighth lectures titled: Beyond Newton. This is part of the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology program.
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What I Knew Before I Started
I’ve gathered a few bits of information over the years about Isaac Newton, not that the title of this lecture references Newton the individual, but rather the theories and changes he established in the world during his time.
Despite this, I know Newton lived a good portion of his life as a recluse, with the company of only one other companion. He developed both classical physics and calculus, the latter of which he argued with Leibniz over authorship.
These two lectures deal with that which came after Newtonian physics, beyond classical mechanics, or the behavior of large objects. It deals with that which is small, the infinitesimal, what is at the sub-atomic level. It turns out, the rules for and behavior of these tiny building blocks of reality are much different than the rules Newton laid out for large objects like planets and galaxies.
What I Wanted to Learn
As is the running theme throughout my uThM Studies, I want to find an understanding of the reality of existence. I want to understand the origin, purpose, and ultimate outcome of my own existence. I want to answer the questions of why I am here? Why was I brought into being (without my participation or consent)? I want to know the fate that awaits me at death, why I must experience death in the first place. I want to find out what the rationale is for suffering and who is ultimately responsible for it.
What I Learned from this Course
As is typical and a little fascinating, it appears humans have always believed in false things. False theories, false beliefs. We thought the earth was flat. We thought things burned because of the mysterious substance they were imbued with. We believed there was a substance known as ether that permeated the air all around us, and the belief in these types of myths has not ceased or even slowed down in the modern era.
We, as a society, as a race of sentient beings, have convinced ourselves that we came from nothing and evolved by accident. We tell ourselves that uniformitarianism is the presupposition we need to fight for, and that we will one day merge our individual identities into a singular consciousness and this will somehow spark a new step in the evolution of our species into a utopic existence (that is absent perceived ignorance and exudes tolerance even at the sake of truth and reason and knowledge).
With our scientific religion of naturalism, we ignore facts that point to design in the cosmos. We disregard planet pairing, or alternate spin.
I thought it was interesting that there are only four terrestrial planets (that have land masses) and only one of those that has an active hydrosphere (the presence of water).
As Missler describes, science has become a religion and there is a self appointed priesthood. Rather than searching for failure, which the empirical method demands, modern day clerics of this new religion seek instead to justify their own presuppositions without any evidence, without any experimentation.
But, of course, the bible has predicted this. The great falling away. The strong delusion. It also describes heaven as being something that can be stretched, torn, shaken, burnt, split, and rolled up. And, as Missler explains, science has extrapolated the hypothesis that we live in at least ten dimensions, four of which are seeable (the four we exist in) and the other six lie outside of and encapsulate our reality (and, thus, are not knowable by us, given our current limitations).
Are these other dimensions the spiritual world we see depicted in the bible? Is this the habitation from which the angels in Genesis 6 fell? Does God reside in the other six dimensions? Are these other dimensions under any laws of physics? Are they bound by time like we are here in our four? Is eternity a long distance of time and change, endless time, or is eternity a descriptor for the lack of time?
Yet, the secular religion yells and screams it is impossible for their to be a God (and, of course, they are desperate to get out from under the thumb of the one who will judge them for their wickedness). But, they never consider the simple design of the sun and the moon, and how perfectly sized and distanced they are so we can experience eclipses like we do.
Is it really, all of this, all that we can see, all that we know – is this really all by chance? Is there no real meaning to reality, no purpose?
I think not.
In the end, I do not really care all that much for the KI topical courses at this point. Maybe they’re just a little too basic, too repetitive for me to get anything out of them. I think I really need to focus and start digging through bible book courses that are contextual in format. I think I will also need to shift away from online courses and start utilizing the vast collection of books I have access to. God knows, the powers that be have shown clearly, they have no intention of allowing me access to their repositories of knowledge. I had planned to audit a few philosophy courses at Biola Seminary but received word back from the Registar that this is, apparently, reserved only for already registered students. I was more than willing to pay the $60 / credit fee. But, apparently I’m required to pay the full $650 / credit tuition if I want access, regardless of my intention. So be it. The instructors teaching the courses I was interested in have written plenty on the subject already and I have acquired their books, so keep your lecture courses, Biola, and keep your pretense and your air of superiority. Worship your god, Mammon. I hope he can save you in the end.
Until my next review….
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Excerpt from Seeking Light Aurora:
Thomas opened the front door of the diner and leaned inside, holding himself up by the door frame.
“What’s the matter?” Terrance said, looking away from Peg and Carol. They were all huddled together at the counter.
“Her truck is still freaking out. I’ll try to keep her busy for as long as I can, but I’m running out of ideas.”
He looked over at Derrick who was quietly sitting at the back booth reading one of his books.
“You’ve got to keep her busy,” Terrance said. “We don’t have any other choice.”
“Look –” Thomas hesitated. “This isn’t all on me you know. I’ve already told you. I don’t know jack shit about trucks or engines. I’m sure as hell not a mechanic.”
“It’ll be fine,” Peg said.
“We all know there’s nothing I can do to fix that truck.” Thomas was shaking his head. “She’s going to figure out that something’s up. What if she starts asking questions?”
“Stall her,” Terrance said. “We just have to keep her busy for a little while. Remember, whatever it takes.”
“But, what about –” Carol had tears welling up.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Terrance said. “We’ve all been through this before.” He looked at Thomas. “Just take a deep breath and relax.”
“Relax my ass,” Thomas said. “Save that bullshit for her, okay?”
“Just keep her occupied in the garage as long as you possibly can. She’s focused right now on getting her truck fixed, so use that.”
“Whatever you say.” Thomas pushed off the door frame and let the door close behind him.
“It’s not going to work,” Carol said. “She’ll figure out something is wrong and that will be it.”
Terrance put his hand on Carol’s arm, gently trying to reassure her.
“It’ll work, Carol,” he said. “Have faith. It’ll work. Whatever it takes.”
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But, you better strap in, because this is definitely not child’s play. People are getting hurt right and left – it just might be you next!