This blog tries to explore the relationship between religion and science. I'm a Christian who sees God in nature and I hope others will find this interesting.
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Hi everyone, this is my first attempt at blogging, please be patient with me. I have always been passionately interested in science and always been a committed Christian who believes in the creative power of God, and I honestly believe that the two are not mutually exclusive. I would like to use this blog to explore this relationship.
It's a bit late for Rememberance Day but I have just noticed this. It brought tears to my eyes, really. But it's very well done and you can see the reverence and respect in the faces of the kids. God bless them all.
from CBC TV, the Rick Mercer Report. Rick goes bear tagging in Algonquin Park in northern Ontario, taking part in a government bear-survey when the bears are in their dens and are either hibernating or the mother bears are nursing their cubs. Very nice video, funny as only Rick Mercer can make it and really sort of awe-inspiring.
I really would like to share with you this picture of an amazing tree--I saw it and I thought if Mother Nature was a tree, would it look like this? I do not know where it is but I'm thinking perhaps in Africa.
I have been informed that this tree is at Walt Disney world. Still do like it but now am dis-illusioned, a little bit. Here though is a link to what is apparently the oldest tree in the world, an olive tree. 5000 years! Wow.
Twice before in my blog I have posted about these amazing twins, conjoined at the top of their heads. They are approaching 5 years old now and going to kindergarten. Here is an update. But be warned, it might bring tears to your eyes!
On Facebook I have the privledge to know a wonderful artist--actually a few wonderful artists, poets, writers, but this one image caught my eye and I really want to share it here. This artist is Georgie Pendragon and I have her permission to do this. She has a few others as well, I will add them here as well.
and one more.
Thank you Georgie. You inspire me. (Somehow I have one picture in twice and haven't figured out yet how to rectify that. Sorry.)
I think this is too important not to include here. David Moynahan is a very talented photographer of nature and has extremely superior photographs in this web site. There is also a link to his blog in the web-site.
When a place is declared a World Heritage Site you expect something special. To be honest I had not heard of these caves before but they really are special. They date from about 200 B. C. and are carved into the rock by Bhuddists with a mission, apparently. I heard about them from a friend through my e-mail and would like to share with you.
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I like this story. Two young parents are celebrating--in a big way--the first birthday of their son. They e-mailed the premiers of all ten Canadian provinces and the Prime Minister of Canada asking for congratulatory messages for their son and actually recieved two, from the premiers of British Colombia and Prince Edward Island. Absolutely marvellous. Young Daniel is a very lucky little boy to have such loving parents. This piece is written by Jason, his Dad. Kudos.
My last post was about the problems our Earth has, most of which is our own doing. In fairness, I should point out that it's still a beautiful blue ball and it's our beautiful blue ball--the only one that we live on. Let's do our best to look after it!
Once in a while someone has a world-class idea and has the technology, the skill and the artistry to carry it off. This is an example of that. It is quite remarkable. It at once beautifies ugly grey buildings, turning them into living green masterpieces. There's another benefit too; all this plant-life creates much needed oxygen for people in the cities to breathe.
I read this in my e-mail and thought that it was really worth sharing. This is what my Christian faith is all about. And I thought how much better our lives would be if we actually tried to look out for one another, as described in these lessons.
Thanks to my sister Jean who sent me this. Jean has had a lot of experience in dealing with grief, and has written a wonderful book on the subject, called "The Tiny Red Bathing Suit of Mr. July". I will post a link.
Here is what she sent.
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what's on the other side." Very quietly the doctor said "I don't know." "You don't know? You're a Christian man and don't know what's on the other side?" The doctor was holding the door handle. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door a dog leapt on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He knew nothing about what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was in here. And when the door opened he sprang in without fear. I know little about what's on the other side of death. But I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough."
May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
I was having a look at the New York Times web-site today and noticed this, and tried it just for fun. I scored 10 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties against the novice-level of the computer, and will be trying the veteran level soon.
The spirit bear is very rare--only about 400 left apparently--and are very important and mystical to natives along the coast of British Colombia. It is illegal to hunt them, but not the black bear, which carry the recessive gene that creates the white spirit bear. So the number of gene-carrying black bears are becoming less in number, they say.
Kandu has his name because he can do whatever a normal dog can do, only in a different way. He was born with only his back legs. But he's never had his front legs and had been getting around anyway with his front end on the floor. Some nice people adopted him and have given him new life with a set of wheels, a little sled-attachment for the snow and an old sweatshirt to reduce friction from the floor.
A friend posted this on Facebook and I really believe the words and the sentiment. And I really believe, also, that it's something that needs to be said, and heard. And I am therefore sharing it. Happy Easter, everyone.
This is a video taken from the top of the tallest mountain in Spain. It's time-lapsed, showing the Milky Way, and a few other scenes in about 3 minutes of wondrous colour and serene music. The mountain, incidentally, is called El Teide, and the footage was shot between April 4 and April 11, 2011.
This is so cool! A friend introduced me to this. A chap named Eric Whitacre brings people from all over the world, gets them to join in wonderful music, record themselves on video and upload them. As one person said in a comment, this is what can happen when we can come together. This music is called "Lux Aurumque".
This video is included in my sidebar but only appears sometimes, but it is such a wonderful piece of work and I hope it appeals to you as much as it does to me. It.s all about the mathematics found in nature, as you might have figured out from the title!
I can only imagine the drama of this cosmic event. It scares me a little bit to think that apparently there's a black hole at the center of every galaxy, but not to worry overmuch. Our world is a long way from our galaxy's center!
My sister sent this to me, and I want to share it here. It's a very large and intricate painting showing theResurrection of Jesus, what Easter is all about. If this isn't what Easter is, then it's just a day for chocolate bunnies and completely meaningless. I prefer the real meaning, what about you?
March 24, 2011 marks two very important anniversaries: Dr. David Suzuki's 75 birthday and the 50th anniversary of the wonderful program on CBC TV which he hosts, the Nature of Things. Both very amazing!
a very beautiful lesson from a butterfly about the need to struggle, about how sometimes we should just let nature find it's way without our good-intentioned but ill-advised assistance.
Medical research that can help doctors to better help patients I believe is a direct result of skill derived from their intelligence. And that intelligence is a gift to them from God, whether or not they believe in a supreme being. Be that as it may, this is an interesting article. It is something that makes people like me very happy. I know that if I was the chap in need of a new jaw-bone I would be extremely happy for the skill of the doctors.
I have always admired the Dalai Lama, who is the head of the Buddhists and a very wise man, for sure one with nature. He is on a par with Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and others who live in peace.
I noticed this and thought it worthy of inclusion here. It's huge, so they say, and dwarfs even Jupiter, and it's very far out, 15,000 astronomical units. That compares impressively with 40 units, which is how far out Pluto is. Our Earth is about 93 million miles from the Sun, which one astronomical unit is defined as being. This is why astronomy fascinates me--the incredible distances involved.
I have read and heard a lot about autism and everything I have learned makes me want to learn more. I first heard of it when I read "Son-Rise", about a boy named Raun Kaufman, severely autistic, but with absolute devotion and love from his parents was brought out of his lonely place to become the CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America. (Second link above.)
I also watched "House of Cards", a wonderful movie about an autistic girl named Sally, played by Asha Menina, with Kathleen Turner as her Mom and Tommy Lee Jones as her psychiatrist. The third link above is to a trailer for the movie.
Another video, this one is of a man named Stephen Wiltshire with a photographic memory. He went in a helicopter over a good deal of the city of Rome and then sat down and drew in complete detail everything he took in. Just amazing. This is the last link above.
When I was a kid I fell in love with astronomy. I had no idea what a light-year was but when I found out--for the record it's the distance that light, which travels at 186,000 miles a second, moves in a year, and that the nearest star, other than the sun, is 4 light-years away, I became infatuated. I became further awe-struck when I learned that our galaxy alone is made up of millions of stars, and that there are millions of galaxies. . .As a Christian who believes that God the Creator has created all things I am completely blown away. This is my God, our God, who cares deeply for me, for all of us. All-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving.
We who believe in a loving God hold fast to our faith and believe that God is there when we need him. This is what this piece is about. Sometimes the burden of our duties or predicaments are just too heavy for us to deal with and that's when we must reach out, just as our children reach out to us when they need help.
I added the picture as an afterthought. It's just to make the point that sometimes we need some help along the way. The donkey is carrying the goat.
This is a very good article about faith. I read it and I thought about that scene in "Fiddler on the Roof" in which Tevye is asking his God why he has made so many poor people. Why does his life have to be so hard? Why this? Why that? Why, why, why? This movie is about the struggles of the Jews in Czarist Russia about a hundred years ago. They were trying to hold on to their traditions, to look after their families, as they have done for thousands of years. And it isn't easy. They are also being persecuted by the soldiers who are under orders to evict them from their villages.
In Genesis 32: 22-32 Jacob apparently wrestles with God. This is an important passage because it says, symbolically that it isn't an easy task for some to accept God in our lives. We want to be in control of our own lives. We think we don't need God to help, to guide or to bless us.
I'm a Christian and I can identify in small measure to the Jews. Sometimes I wonder if there really is a loving God or even if there's a God at all. I struggle too. Even as I write this I wonder if I am doing the right thing. I wonder sometimes if I am following the path that I should be following. I forget to pray, or I decide that something else is more important in my life than my relationship with God.
There will always be people on both sides of this issue. And there's others, like me, who see a common ground. I do believe though, that we have to make up our own minds and believe whatever makes sense to us. Enough said (by me!)
There is a short video clip at the end of this article.
Recently I attended a breakfast with a group of men from my church. We do this once a month to socialize, enjoy each other's company with humour and good fellowship. Every time one of us will share with the rest of us a testimony of his spiritual journey, what he feels is important to him, what important events led him to be where he is now in his life.
A friend of mine who has agreed to share with me his personal story but has asked me for reasons of privacy not to include his name so he will be "Frank" here. Frank gave a wonderful witness. He is a very spiritual man who understands that God is there to give us strength when we need it, grace when we feel we can go no further. All we need to do is pray and ask for help. Frank had a daughter who was afflicted with Batten Disease, which is a neurological degenerative disease which affects vision, learning, causes seizures and generally is a nightmare for the families of the victims to deal with, but more especially for the victims themselves. There is no cure as of yet. The disease is always fatal. There is a support group, called the Batten Disease Support and Research Association which provides information about research but there is a lot of work to be done. We do need to pray for the victims and families of this disease, and provide support.
I would like to thank my friend Frank for his assistance in providing information to me.