Let there be electromagnetism

In the beginning, God said, "Let there be light." Or, in translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roqGqhX6_-U "The four-dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric second rank tensor equals zero". That is the formula for light. In physics, light is defined as a form of electromagnetic radiation. If I understand correctly, what we have in the video above is James Clerk … Continue reading Let there be electromagnetism

Seven Pillars of Creation

I recently read Michael P. Brown's "The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder", an exploration of scripture in light of modern science, with emphasis on our current ecological crisis here on Earth. Brown, a Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, explores what the Bible and science have … Continue reading Seven Pillars of Creation

Edward Greenstein’s reading of Job

Back in December I read a recent translation of the Book of Job, by Professor Edward L. Greenstein. It's an iconoclastic translation in which Job remains unrepentant even after God's speeches. I liked Greenstein's translation of the poetry of Job, and I'll end this post with a taste of that. First I'd like like to … Continue reading Edward Greenstein’s reading of Job

Tom McLeish on Science and the Book of Job

Tom McLeish's blog, Faith and Wisdom In Science, offers a scientist's perspective on the Book of Job. As a believer and scientist, McLeish argues that there is no necessary conflict between religion and science, which is a welcome message in these times. He has a lot of material on the Book of Job. He writes … Continue reading Tom McLeish on Science and the Book of Job

two sons of abraham

two sons of abraham two israelite kingdomsnorth and south one destroyedand then the other two templesboth destroyed two jewish revoltstwo intifadahs two roman empireswest and east one destroyedand then the other two churches in schismtwo islams in contest none destroyed two prophets rejectedtwo religions born to contend two satansgreat and little two world warstwo genocides … Continue reading two sons of abraham

This Will Kill That

Below is the full text of the chapter "This Will Kill That" (Book V, Chapter 2), from "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", with links and photographs added. When reading "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," I found myself pausing for long periods to argue with the author, particularly around the middle of the book. Here Hugo has a … Continue reading This Will Kill That