What We Teach Our Children
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Most of my friends know I'm a writer and when I told them that I intended to prove the existence of God with pen and paper they looked at me like I was crazy. Yet the proof is there if we just know how and where to look, and if I can convince even one person here & now, one single reader, well —- what higher calling can there possibly be?

In the last century the theory of evolution has largely usurped, or at least to some extent displaced, the popular conception of God, and in an age of space shuttles and virtual reality this hardly seems surprising. As one of my friends likes to point out, "I don't believe the Bible because it doesn't say anything about the dinosaurs."

Life necessarily and inherently entails the search for truth and knowledge, and this article in many ways represents the culmination offorty-one years work, my entire lifetime, everything I've studied & everything I've learned. It's not merely the best thing I've ever written, it's the best thing I ever TRIED to write, my highest literary aspiration.

You don't have to be Albert Einstein to understand radioactivity either. The process of splitting a radioactive particle to release huge amounts of energy (like a bomb) is highly complex, but most radioactive energy involves nothing more than the steam engine technology of two hundred years ago. Instead of wood or coal, which keep a boiler going for minutes, a radioactive core generates heat for thousands of years.

Twenty-odd years ago when attending university I watched my sophomore Western Civ professor, a man I respected and admired, loosely gibe a fellow classmate for including Biblical references in her mid-term paper, citing more favorably received excerpts from Friedrich Nietzsche and Immanuel Kant. The topic was Origin of Life, and I’ll never forget the nervous, shaken look in the girl’s eyes, the sudden uncertainty; what felt like a conscious, introspective lack of credible evidence or logic in favor of divine creation, and in praise of God, which I was feeling at the exact same moment right along with her. All these years later that first faith-quaking experience has stayed with me.

So what do we teach our children, university level on down? The question begs of not just who we are individually, our cultural proclivities or religious preferences, but truly represents the cumulative apex of civilization as a whole, throughout all ages. Mankind’s greatest triumphs, most harrowing losses; amazing inventions, inspirations, revelations, and most importantly our dreams of, and expectations for, the future. A precious heritage of truth, knowledge, and salvation, carefully compiled and assembled to inform the next generation, for all succeeding.

Everyone wants the best for their kids, and what we teach them reflects our collective version of the ideal; our perfect world. Yet today, within the strictures of a modern education, subjects like science and mathematics are so intensively divergent from spiritual or theological study as to be virtual opposites. The push-button conveniences of modern technology can make an inner, personal relationship with God seem more distant and remote than ever before, perhaps even moot, as though prayer and devotion has little or no practical value. To voice evangelical opinions at, say, a Ph.D. conference would bring subdued laughter (just like my Western Civ professor) and probably entail some degree of professional ostracism, insipid rumor, and exclusion in an all too real, financial sense. Virgin childbirth, walking on water, resurrection from death; the miracles of Christianity are not merely regarded as scientific impossibilities — these miracles symbolize the very pillars of obsolete folklore and irrational fanaticism science has, by definition, always sought to refute and deny. A priori versus a posteriori, believe what you see before you, as in science, or believe what you can’t see behind you, as per religion, but don’t believe both. Evangelical science seems an oxymoron.

In our schools debate hinges on the teaching of evolution versus the Bible, or what’s come to be called “intelligent design,” yet science and theology are not bitter rivals, and one does not have to be wrong for the other to be right. Just because the Bible contains no fossil record does not discredit or disparage it’s historical significance in any way, product of a different æon. Conversely, just because evolution makes no allowance for the irreducible complexity of certain cells and organs, most notably the eye, does not change or influence several millennia of archeological data confirming the metamorphosis we call “evolution.”

Human nature is inherently inquisitive, constantly, almost involuntarily contemplating the how’s and why’s of our physical world, the eventuality of death, and the existence of God in turn. Following the current mentality of many intellectuals, largely dictated by grandiose, macro-misinterpretations of evolutionary theory, life began as some kind of fortuitous coincidence, an infinity of pre-existing matter somehow coming together and “Big Bang-ing” into celestial orbs of cooling primordial ooze, out of which our ancestors then somehow supposedly crawled. The prevailing fad of evolution is loosely based on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, a detailed study of certain displaced birds and reptiles found exclusively on the Galapagos islands displaying remarkably different anatomic features than indigenous, continental birds and reptiles of the same species. To say the respective doctrines of evolution and intelligent design disagree is mild understatement; most proponents of evolution would rather commit ritual hara-kiri than accept even the slightest sliver of evidence supporting divine creation, whereas many ordained ministers blush noticeably any time the words evolution and truth mention in the same sentence. Yet what’s so unusual about a lost bird finding tasty seeds in some novel, predominating plant and, over many generations, the bird’s beaks morphing, elongating — evolving — to better access the seeds? What if it was their only food source? This is all Darwin proposed: adaptation circumvents extinction. A drying riverbed where aquatic life forms either adapt to breathe gaseous oxygen and move on land or perish very quickly in extinction. Nor should there be anything eccentric or implausible about the notion that an intelligent and loving God created bird, plant, Charles Darwin, and what-all else in the bargain. One theory does not negate another simply by default, and new insights into the role of evolution within the miracle of creation do not change the initial miracle. Parts cannot be greater than the whole, and incidence must occur before coincidence.

Now, the best real, physical evidence we have supporting divine creation is found in the spectrum of radioactive elements, since radioactive emission is by no means constant or perpetual. Radioactivity negates a supposed pre-eternity of matter because all radioactive elements have half-lives, that is, the amount of time required for that specific element to give off exactly one half of it’s radioactive energy. The half-life of uranium 235, for instance, is seven-hundred and four million years, whereby we can deduce that in fourteen-hundred and eight million years (two half-lives) uranium 235 will cease to exist entirely, having decayed into lead. Keep in mind that if something, anything, wasn’t made, formed, initiated, created, whatever, then it always existed, and radioactive elements simply cannot have always existed. To one way of thinking, these rocks will eventually go extinct. Perhaps radioactive elements represent an effective shelf life for our planet, an expiration date of sorts, as the planet’s core density would change unpredictably, and although scientists measure the latent radioactivity of carbon as the most accurate, state-of-the-art way of dating organic material, I have yet to encounter any rigid scientific theory of life incorporating radioactive timeframes, or adequately stressing the empirical nature of this question. Fitting perhaps that the best evidence we have supporting the existence of God is also a source of incredible, unlimited energy, never mind the ghastly doomsday weapons capable of ending all life on this planet many times over.

The most basic, primitive logic is founded on sequence and origin, one before two, two before three, et cetera, one being the origin from which all values are calculated. The equation 2 + 3 = 5 hinges on the computation of one before two in exact relation to three, yet the number one is unseen in the equation, and uncalculated. One is presumed, given, and taken for granted. In a sense, trying to systematically observe the world around us, conduct experiments, take notes, record data; in other words, to practice advanced science as we know it today with all the benefits of modern technology, amounts to using the equation 2 + 3 = 5 to prove that the number one does not exist. No origin, no sequence, we have two plus three equaling five just fine without the number one, thank you. As if a plant could sprout flowers before roots…

Should we believe that we “evolved” from single cell organisms, but that mineral deposits did not?

Do radioactive elements “evolve” into lead, then?

I’m not a kid anymore, and in the twenty-some years since college I’ve become more certain about life, and about God. I’m not sure I could convert my old Western Civ professor, seemed such a cynical, contentious old bird, but I like to think the conclusions we can derive through the existence of radioactive matter might enrich a few of my classmate’s faith a little, perhaps concave a few of those frowns into small, secure smiles.


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