There are numerous ways in which Christianity differs from many other world religions, and from ancient mythologies. One of the most significant is the concept of creation ex nihilo. Ex nihilo is a Latin phrase that means “out of nothing.” The doctrine of creation ex nihilo asserts that before the creation of the cosmos, nothing existed but God alone. No thing at all. Then God spoke into existence the material universe. It was created by divine fiat, by the order of God. The universe was not created out of any kind of preexisting material, for nothing existed before the creation. Continue reading
Several years ago I set myself the task of writing an essay without using the letter “e.” It was more daunting than I thought it would be. It became a real challenge. I had to read and reread my drafts over and over. Those pesky little critters (“e’s,” that is) kept creeping in everywhere. I would be sure that I had expunged them all. “Out, you varmints!” And then, lo and behold, another one! It took a while to finish that piece.
After that experience, I wanted to again do something difficult. So I decided I would challenge myself again. But how? Then I hit upon an idea. I would write about nothing. Hmmmmm! Here are the results of my meanderings in the realm of nothingness. Continue reading
Theistic evolution is a classic example of wanting to have your cake and eat it too. If you are not familiar with the theory, it is basically this: God is the Creator of all things, but evolution is the means He used to bring about all organic life on earth. So, according to this theory, the earth is billions of years old. Life began spontaneously in some primordial oceanic goo millions of years ago. The generally accepted secular geological time table is correct. And human beings are evolved primates, descended from some ape-like ancestor of a few million years ago. Continue reading
This morning I have been reading the latest issue of National Geographic (July 2015). In one of the small half-page features that NG has near the beginning of the magazine there is found the tale of the quagga mussel. Quagga mussels are a species native to the Ukraine. They have apparently been hitching rides as stowaways in the ballasts of ocean-going ships and have made their way to the U.S. Now this invasive species is overrunning the Great Lakes. The quagga mussels are eating up native algae and changing the entire ecosystem of the Lakes. You know what I say? So what? Continue reading
An area that I find fascinating to study is quantum theory and the world of sub-atomic reality. Here is a world that is more bizarre than any science fiction story. Things are both particles and waves. Particles can be in two places in the same time. Once particles interact they can affect one another instantaneously, although separated by great distances. Time speeds up and slows down. Reality is affected by the simple act of observation. (We have to wait until the box is opened to find out if that live/dead cat is actually either one.) Things pop into and out of existence. And chance and randomness and probability seem to be the order of the day. Continue reading