Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yet Another Close Encounter of the E=mc2 Kind... Triptych

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

A triptych of supporting perspectives
from a most unexpected source


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Genesis is God’s E=mc²
Written by Dennis James   

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger,
more complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius
-- and a lot of courage --
to move in the opposite direction."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Creation and the least common denominator

When Albert Einstein published his article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" (1905) it was the worlds introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity. The paper expanded upon Hendrik Anton Lorentz's theory that the mass of an electron increased as the velocity of the electron approached the speed of light.

It was not until later in 1905 when Einstein gave us the famous equation E=mc². The equation states an equivalence between energy (E) and relativistic mass (m), in direct proportion to the square of the speed of light (celeritas) in a vacuum (c²). It is a simplified way of explaining a very complex system and can only be fully understood by a few people. The equation that has become an icon, represents special relativity, so that all can understand. Make things simple and everyone can be included.

King James
Chapter 1 (Used with permission)

1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2 And the earth was without form, and void;
       and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
       And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good:
       and God divided the light from the darkness.
1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
       And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Many theologians interpret the book of Genesis using a linear time line and present it as the truth because it is God's word. I have always had an issue with the literal interpretation because it dismisses science and can cause confusion especially among nonbelievers. I have talked with several nonbelievers who use Genesis 1 as fuel for their argument against God invariably asking me to explain how God could create the universe in seven days. The first thing I say is, "six days; he rested on the seventh."

If each step was created in the specific order written, it creates these philosophical and physical questions:

  Does God exist outside of human time?
  Because we believe that God resides in heaven, where was God
    prior to heavens creation?
  What did God do that lead up to the plan for the creation
    of the earth?
  Did the pre-form earth have no gravity?
  Would matter need to have a form to have a face?
  If there is no light how can there be darkness?
  Did God exist without light?
  Did the first light not cast shadows?
  Because the earth's axis is tilted, the extreme North and South
    have times of constant light or dark. Did God start the day
    on the equinox?

The Bible needed to have a beginning and creation seems like the logical starting point. Here is the Genesis paradox: At the time in history when Genesis was written, man was much more limited in knowledge and language than we are today. A complex description of creation would have been incomprehensible and the book would have been dismissed. If God were to have it written now, would He have it include a complex science which we ourselves have yet to discover? The question then, is, "What would you want God to write about creation in order to convince mankind that God indeed created the world?"

In school I had to show my work so the teacher could evaluate how I got the answer to a problem. What's important about this chapter is what it says, not how it says it. Did God create the universe? Yes! Did God create man? Yes! Did God create the universe in six days? God knows and I could care less if it were 6 days or 13.7 billion years (I do lean towards the 13.7 billion years). In this case, the answer remains the same no matter how or if God chooses to show His work. I don't want people to get the impression that I have little or no faith in the word of God. In fact, I have a very deep faith and respect for the word, but at times it's not always clear to me. I must not be the only one because I have read the words "this is what it means..." in several books about the Bible.

If Genesis were written in 2006, how would God make it available?

Would it be discovered on the Drudge Report, in the Chicago Tribune or on a television news story?

How would the world react if God revealed his existence now?

If Genesis chapter 1, verse 1-5 were written today, it might look like this.

God publishes "Creating Your Own Universe - Genesis Chapter 1" for the Journal of Applied Physics & Science 2006

Note: Currently the paper is being reviewed by the legal department and will be made available shortly. Thank you.

Occam said, "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem" and this means, the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible.

Dennis James (2/06)

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Do You See The Light?
Written by Dennis James 
"In the beginning there was nothing.
God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light.
There was still nothing,
but you could see it a whole lot better."
Ellen DeGeneres (1958-)

Just open your eyes.

John 8:12 (NIV) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

For this, I would like to say "Thank you" to Jesus, because He has been a valuable source throughout my life. Especially due to fact I have spent most of my life as a professional photographer. The word Photography comes from the Greek words phos (light), and graphis (stylus or paintbrush), together meaning "drawing with light." It only seemed logical that I would be drawn to a profession that is the perfect blend of creativity, physics and chemistry. (Apologies to those that started in the digital world, you may never know the true science of art.)

Light is essential for life to exist and for photographers to make a living. Without light plants, animals, film and man would be left in a state of darkness. The spiritual aspect is that man exists in a fallen state of darkness. Jesus brings light to the world, altering the spiritual vision of man and also creates latent images on film.

Before we explore the spiritual interpretation of light, I need to geek-out and discuss the physical properties that we know today. Light is electromagnetic radiation. It's commonly known because it (usually) contains the wavelength that is visible to the eye (400 - 700nm) that is used for vision. The elementary particle that is used to define light is the 'photon.' The three basic dimensions of light are:

•  Intensity (or amplitude)
  Frequency (or wavelength)
  Polarization (or angle of vibration)

Due to the wave-particle duality of matter, light simultaneously exhibits properties of both waves and particles, making the precise nature of light one of the most debated properties in physics. Wave-particle duality holds that light exhibits properties of both "particle" and "wave" and for physical quantities gaining accurate measurement can be difficult. It is not possible to be exact; instead, repeated measurements will vary due to various factors.

Albert Einstein, Louis de Broglie and others established that all objects have both wave and particle nature (detectable only in small scales, such as an atom), and that quantum mechanics provides theories that give resolve to parts of this ostensible paradox.

Lights frequency is known as the electromagnetic spectrum, and the entire range of the spectrum is broken into specific regions. These regions are (from long to short) Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma. Perhaps we should add spiritual.

Though electromagnetic waves exist in a vast range of wavelengths, our eyes are sensitive to only a very narrow band referred to as the visible light spectrum. When we use the word "light," we are most often referring to the type of electromagnetic wave which stimulates the retina of our eyes.

Vision is formed from remnants of light that have reflected many times off the environment prior to entering our eyes. Each time that light bounces off an object the lights intensity, color and direction are modified to create a the unique visual stimuli relative to each eye. So, what I see is different from what others see due to my specific point of view at a given time.

Whenever a physical object (such as Man) encounters light it either reflects or absorbs the light rays. If the angle of reflection goes beyond 180 degrees, then all incidence light is completely absorbed, creating a light void away from the source. As we move into this void, a gray transitional area separates the light and absence of light. These areas are known as: ' Penumbra' (virtue) ' Umbra' (indifference) and the 'Shadow' (sin). As a light source increases size in proportion to a physical object, the penumbra is increased while the umbra and shadow are decreased.

That analogy rings true when juxtaposed with, the more trust that is placed in Jesus, the larger the source of light that falls on your world, thus reducing indifference and sin. (see illustration)

The first principle of ecology is that each living organism has an ongoing and continual relationship with every other element that makes up its environment. It is established knowledge that for advanced carbon-and-water based organisms to exist; there must be common factors present in the environment. Two critical elements are: liquid water (Genesis 1:2) and light (Genesis 1:3). Ironically, the distance between the Sun and the Earth (92,955,820.5 miles) plus the density and depth of our atmosphere, allows water to be found on Earth in three states (solid, liquid and gaseous) naturally. Alter our distance to the Sun by 5% either way and life as we know it would cease to exist. The distance appears to be fine tuned so that the energy carried by the Sun's rays would create an optimal environment to harbor life.

God created light before the plants and animals because living matter needs light and heat in order to survive and grow. Beyond the life sustaining properties of light, it also allows Man to see. But without Jesus, fallen man remains in a state of darkness, unable to see his sins because there is no light to reflect on them.

Some have chosen to worship the Sun as a deity because the light it radiates brings warmth and life to our rock. God's vision pre-dates even the Sun, for He created the Sun to sustain life prior to Man's existence on earth. I shall continue to live my life in the Light of Jesus, and that light can be seen in my photography as well as my vision of life. I chose to keep focus on Him and my work every day because Jesus is Light of the World.

Some metaphors that apply to both Jesus and light properties:

•  Jesus' value is relative to the observer
  Light is defined in multiple terms
  Jesus is the opposite of darkness
  Light radiates from its source
  Jesus is most visible to viewers that remain focused
  Light makes things visible 

Dennis James (12/06)
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Written by Jeff Hammond
"Things should be made as simple as possible,
but not any simpler."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The triune nature of God reflected in general relativity.

The big question of science concerning nature might be summed up this way: "What is the principle substance composing the universe?" The same question might be brought to bear upon the nature of God: "Who and What is God?"  I find it very interesting that in each instance, rather than arriving at a singular answer, both Physical Science and Christian Theology have arrived at a realization that the prime they are searching for has ended up not being a singularity at all, but in fact, appears to be a dynamic relationship between three similar yet distinct states of being. Can it be, that existence itself, whether it be spiritual or physical, MUST have a dynamic, relative nature?

In Physics the prime consists of three separate yet equal states which appear to be interchangeable: 1. Energy, 2. Matter, and 3. The Speed of Light Squared. The relationship between these three is summed up in Einstein's famous equation E=MC² (which I will henceforth refer to as "the prime"). But notice that there are not three separate primal parts. These three facets of reality are all a part of a single equation. They are interrelated and cannot be understood apart from one another.  Energy does not exist on it's own as a separate thing. It only reflects a state of being in relationship to two other facets of the prime. There is an absolute proportion or ratio at work even if each facet of the prime is not itself absolute. In any equation both halves must remain the same, yet there is fluidity within the equation, that is, wiggle room for dynamics and changes. If energy is mass multiplied by an area of accelerating light, then what is Matter? Matter is simply energy divided by an area of decelerating light. And what is the speed of light? The speed of light is the square root of Energy divided by Mass. Within the Speed of Light aspect of the prime there exists the spatial property of length and the 4th dimensional property of time. When squared this length becomes two spacial dimensional which could be said to incorporate both length and width. When multiplied by mass a third spatial dimension of depth appears measured in the density of matter.

This equation E=MC² is the prime. The prime is not some elusive singular thing at all, but has always been this dynamic equivalency. In some sense this realization has unified what used to be considered separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Astronomy, etc). Just as Schrodinger realized that one cannot experiment without introducing bias to the results because the observer and the observed are intrinsically related, and just as Heisenberg deduced that one cannot know everything about a particle because the more you glean about one aspect of a particle the less you know about another aspect, so it must be accepted that existence, in the end, is at it's root a dynamic of interchangeable facets. Scientists may still search for their "theory of everything", but they will never identify a singular substance which the prime equation (E=MC²) can be boiled down to. If they did, they equation would look something like this: 1 = 1. It would be meaningless in and of itself. But the dynamic equivalency of E=MC² gives rise to a whole host of possible states of being each in relationship to the others.

In light of this realization about the physical world, it seems very exciting to me to then consider Christian revelation. In the history of the world many concepts of God have arisen from Polytheisms (many gods), to Pantheisms (everything is God), to Monotheisms (a single separate God exists) and even to Atheism (no God exists). But Christianity, amongst all of these perceives God as a dynamic equivalency, namely: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Just as E=MC² forms a triad of co-equal parts so the Christian Trinity offers the same elusive picture of God. God the Father, Son and Spirit are not simply three separate beings in some sort of polytheistic form, any more than matter, energy and the speed of light squared are entirely separate. Rather, God somehow is manifested as three unique individuals yet all must be present in a functional sense in order for God to be meaningful to us. Sure, we could say that "God is one" and we would be correct, just as we could say that matter, energy and the speed of light are all part and parcel of the same "whatever". But seeing God as a singularity devoid of his dynamic facets is the equivalent of the equation 1=1. It doesn't tell you anything about WHO God is. But knowing that God is Father, Son and Spirit is amazingly insightful as to who God is and what He's about.

If I could, as an analogy, render an equation in the form of general relativity it might look something like this. God the Father = Jesus the Son times the Holy Spirit squared (G=JS²). Just as mass (e=Mc²) is substantive, so Jesus is God in flesh. Just as the speed of light is a behavioral expression (e=mC²), so the Holy Spirit is the character of God expressed in action. Just as the Speed of light is squared to give extra dimension, so the Holy Spirit is exponentially multiplied throughout God's people "the Church" to form an area upon which the mass of Christ acts and accelerates. And just as energy (E=mc²) is an invisible state of potential, so God the Father is the unseen agent quickening the rest. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are no less God than God the Father. The Father is understood in relationship to the Son and the Spirit.

This is just an analogy. I'm sure you can pick apart my equating particular persons of the Trinity with various facets of the prime equation. But it’s simply a tool to help you conceive of how the Trinity is not only a real possibility, but in fact, a preferable expression of the nature of God than mere Monism could ever hope to be AND, a clear presentation of why the Trinity should not be confused with Polytheism. What I find extremely fascinating is that the triune nature of God was revealed in history long before the relative nature of the physical universe was discovered. This idea of God having relative facets is not some clever human idea torn from study of the physical world the way polytheistic gods of ancient cultures were derived from physical phenomenon.  Rather, scientific inquiry has revealed the relative nature of the physical universe some 2,000 years after the Trinitarian view of God was revealed.  I find this to be a powerful argument for the reliability of the Christian worldview. I would expect that the complexity of the Creator of the physical world would be at least as great as the complexity of that which He created -- and He is more complex to be sure.

Therefore, for those who have struggled coming to terms with the Trinity as a concept of God, I see the discovery of the universe's relative nature to bear witness to the plausibility and probability of God as 3 in 1.

And this is what I call Trinitivity.

Jeff Hammond (12/07) 

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I am going to contact Dennis James
and Jeff Hammond and invite them
 to read my paper at:


Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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