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Theory of Everything?

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /] This BBC series of paralel universes is always something I have found really interesting, if not fascinated by.  I am not a physicist, in fact, I have never taken physics, although I’m fascinated by it.  I am just a thinker and at most, a theologian.  As a theologian, I am very interested in the questions of how and why, much more than what.  The theologians of the Modernist world were soley interested in what, objective truths to build a systematic theology on.  They sought to remove all mystery from the faith in search of a dogma that would stand the test of time.  In my opinion, often what they created was a sub-culture that does not account for culture, history or worldview assumptions. We all start with worldview assumptions, whether we are conscious of them or not.  It’s best to just admitt them up front.  I admitt that I see the world as a Creationist, that God is one and the uncaused Cause of all that we see and perceive.  And that God is both transcendent over the universe as well as immanent and close to the Creation.  God revealed himself within creation in the person of Jesus of Nazareth who explained, taught and modeled the basis of life, that which he called “the Kingdom of God.”  To me, the Kingdom of God, as revealed by Jesus is the theory of everything for practical, daily life.  The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 is the heart of the KOG, a map for living and finding harmony within Creation.  So when I read, listen and think about Scientific discussions and theories, its impossible for me to view them outside of these assumptions.  That is how I approach Einstein’s theory of everything, or otherwise called String Theory.I perceive a lot of truth in String Theory.  It is just that, theory, but I come alive thinking about it.  I can’t factor the equations, but I can comprehend the ideas and the thinking behind them.  I’ve been reading, listening and discussing this theory for the past few years and the controversy between old science and new science is another dynamic of it. From a theological standpoint, it just makes sense to me.  That there is Unification to the universe, a master equation.  As a Creationist, I believe in a vastly intelligent designer who created based on order, unification and design.  I perceive the universe as a result of purpose, instead of random chaos.  Do not parallel universes fit within the idea of the spiritual realm that our Scripture narratives tell stories about?  That there is a daily interaction between the spiritual and the physical realm?  And what about the Incarnation?  How exactly did Jesus, (God in human form), leave the realm of heaven and enter physically into the earthly realm?  Could that be explained with a wormhole?  Jesus’ miracles, his healing of the blind and the crippled.  Is there not a scientific/physical explanation for the events themselves if we believe them to be historical?  Is a healing simply a re-arranging of strings through a supernatural energy source?  I’m amazed that Christians don’t want to have this conversation.  Why should we be afraid of physical explanations of supernatural miracles?  The supernatural is the energy and agent/cause of the effect, but the effects can be measured and understood on a natural level.  Why be afraid of that?  The best conversations I’ve had on this topic has not been with other Christians, but with atheists or agnostics who are constantly seeking understanding of what is real. I’m interested in truth.  I emabrace though, that wrapped up in my search for truth is an amazement with mystery and the unknown.  The God I know, that I perceive, that I have a relational connection to (as John Calvin calls a “mystical union”) is as much a mystery to me as a known quantity and I’m okay with that.  I am challenged to that conclusion over and over again, but I keep coming back to it as my theory for everything.  String theory interests and fascinates me, somehow I find a spiritual connection to it all.peace, Marshall

A Grand Universe


New video images of the Sun from NASA here. I am just in awe of this kind of stuff.  I don’t mean to get political, but we are specs in a grand and mysterious universe.  Do we really think we have much impact as humans on something as colossal as global warming or climate change?  Most times I just think we are full of ourselves.  History has shown man as a proven narcissist.  Believing the universe revolves around us and is dependent on us.  The more I see, read about, study and wonder . . . the more it can’t be about us, it’s just absurd.  We are grains of sand in relative to the mysteries and galaxies beyond us.   The universe is immense, we are not. And if the universe is immense, spectacular and mysterious?  What does that say about it’s author?  Does God need to fit our systematic theologies so we can have it all figured out?  Again, more absurdity.  I am all for the search for knowledge, but it needs to begin with a sense of humility and a thirst for things truly wonderful and incomprehensible.  In my elder years, (now that I”m 37), I want to conclude less and wonder more.  These pics today just make me wonder. peace,marshall

continued death of free market


Rarely do I get too political, but this caught my eye today:  GMAC bailout.    I don’t get why we are so afraid of allowing the free market to open and close doors for businesses.  I thought the free market was part of the American Dream.  If you work harder, have a better product, deliver it better, then you get to thrive.  If you don’t, you are on your way to extinction.  This American Entitlement to existence will be our downfall, just ask Rome.  At the end of its days, Rome spent more resources consuming and less and less resources producing.  There was free bread in Rome, so why protect the boarders.?  Their enemies crossed boarders and closed in like a hot knife through butter, they got soft.  (this is not a boarder/immigration issue, this is just basic economics)    America is soft, run by those who profit off of the masses who feel entitled to their inflated ways of life and doing business.  A free market is harsh, but it’s real and it’s free.  But it will be the ideals and tenets of a free market that I will teach my children, for a borrower is always slave to the lender. peace,marshall

Back in the USSR


Back in the USSR  Who says the days of Soviet dictatorship has to be over, Russia has gone retro with this response. 

In televised comments, Medvedev said if those responsible for preparing the athletes don’t resign, then the decision will be made for them. He did not mention anyone by name.“Those who bear the responsibility for Olympic preparations should carry that responsibility. It’s totally clear,” Medvedev said. “I think that the individuals responsible, or several of them, who answer for these preparations, should take the courageous decision to hand in their notice. If we don’t see such decisiveness, we will help them.” 

What’s next, another forced famine of the Ukraine for the good of the rest of the Union?  I guess progress is a threat of the loss of jobs is far superior to the loss of lives.  I also suppose that the leaders implicated here  kind of knew this was going to be the response going home.  It’s like being a coach in New York, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.  Here’s a great quote from their sports minister, “Doping bans also had deprived Russia of several leading medal contenders”.   I mean, how are you supposed to compete if they don’t allow cheating?  That’s just not the soviet way. This just all reminded me of the good ole Cold War days.  Memories of Ivan Drago dropping Apollo Creed in Vegas like a rag doll.  And let us never forget that it was not Ronald Reagan, nor the fall of communism that ended the Cold War.  It was Rocky Balboa at the end of Rocky IV with his words to the Moscow crowd:

Rocky: During this fight, I’ve seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that’s better than twenty million. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!  

Apparently the Soviet President needs to sit down and re-watch Rocky IV in surround sound and embrace the change, cuz his retro response to yester-year is a bit chilling.peace,marshall

Naps make you smart


Naps make you smart?  ooooh, Me likie. Check out this article on Naps.  Here is a quote from the article:  

Naps make you smarter and boost your ability to learn, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. In fact, they’re the brain’s way of making room for new information.  The longer we stay awake, the less able our brains are to learn. But just 60 minutes of shut-eye can boost learning ability significantly, says Matthew Walker, a Berkeley professor of psychology and the lead investigator of a study presented over the weekend at the American Association of the Advancement of Science conference in San Diego, Calif..The research could be interpreted to mean that a biphasic sleep schedule – a good night’s sleep and a solid midday siesta, could increase intelligence.

I was just listening to some Jack Johnson this morning and he was crooning, “slow down people, you’re moving too fast . . . ” and I couldn’t agree more.  Our culture is built on and measured by speed.  The manufacturers have produced more and new products designed to increase our quality of life by giving us gadgets to do more and do those things faster to fit more stuff into our day.  What results is not more time to chill, relax, decompress, reflect, be with family etc.  Nope, we’ve filled our days with more deadlines and more productivity which in my opinion makes us less human.  We do more and relate less.  When relationships and connectivity to one another is what re-charges us (just look at the Cruise commercials, they are brilliant), doing more and relating less is not good for us. We are humans, not robots.  Our bodies respond well to rest and negatively to stress and strain.  But productivity is king and health/wisdom is a side item.  We are better humans when we live simply, do less, relate more, get plenty of rest and feel grounded. On the 7th day of Creation, God rested.  Shouldn’t we take the hint?peace,marshall

US Foster Care and Adoption


Like many of you, I was immediately struck by the horror of the images coming from Haiti post-earthquake.  There were conflicting reports of orphans and being sent on planes to the US just looking for families to take them in.  Being the my wife and I are at the end of our foster care/adoption licensing process with Ohio, I wondered if we were supposed to be getting somehow more involved.  So I did some fact finding and was able to get on a conference call to Washington D.C. with Dept. of Homeland Security and US Immigration Services for updates with shareholders in the US.  They were triaging all their work and updating on the process of “humanitarian parole”.  Basically, any child in Haiti that was already in some sort of an adoption process, it could be expedited immediately.  That left the question of new adoption processes.  For now, that is somewhat of a closed issue.  Why?  1) in the chaos it’s hard to know who is an orphan and who has family looking for them  2) the problem of human trafficking.  With all the open hearts for the children, there are also those with evil intent and the infrastructure is not there right now to make that discenment  3) perhaps the best hope for Haiti is kids growing up in Haiti in orphanages where they get education and guidance and in turn lead their country in the future (that is if the basics are met of saftey and nourishment) On the conference call this was all brought up and in the end, one of the women on the panel alluded to the over 500,000 US children in Foster Care and adoption eligible here and if people had a heart for it, they should get involved right here in our own backyard.   And I concur wholeheartedly.  My wife and I have sensed a calling towards this work since we first got married and now is the time we can put our hands and feet in as well because of our kids ages.  In the theme of St. Brigid, of reclkess generosity and hospitality, the children of our culture are hungry and destitute here.  Do you have an empty room?  they need a safe place.  Do you have a heart for others?  they need care.  Do you have extra food?  they are hungry.  Is your life godly?  they’ve been abused.   Do you care about the Kingdom?  may it come on earth as it is in heaven.  

26-27Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.  (James 1  The Message) I want to raise awareness, not guilt.   But if you can help, please do. peace, Chris

Wii Pray


Wii Pray

All credit to Brant Hansen on this.  Who, by the way has a great blog if you need to laugh, then stop and think, and then laugh again.  It’s truly genius.I really wish this was true cuz it would be like . . . AWESOME!Having done some time in catholic school growing up, something like this to help me practice at home might have kept me from being dragged to the principal’s office by my ear on a few occasions.