Genesis and the Illusion of Time

Genesis 1 (“In the Beginning”) and modern cosmology are in perfect agreement and to understand why will require that you take two actions:

  1. Watch the video above. If you don’t have an hour to invest, watch the segment beginning at 20:00 (Twenty minutes) and lasting through 55:42 – a little under 6 minutes.
  2. Attend the 2nd biblical creation class on 25 January.

Now, just a bit of background:

The idea of “space-time” is often thought of as having been described and developed  in the early twentieth century, most famously by Albert Einstein[1].  However, among ancient cultures, the Incas and their Andean brethren viewed space and time as a single, interwoven continuum which they named the “pacha“. Much later, in 1813, Arthur Schopenhauer similarly described space and time as a unified continuum[2].  But, going back even further (some 3000 years), the author of Genesis 1 (“In the Beginning“) describes God as creating the universe as a space-time continuum – a continuum in which there is no distinction in time between the past, present, and the future.

In the second class of our upcoming class on biblical creation[3], we will learn that the Hebrew text, unlike its English translations, describes a space-time continuum as elegantly as any physicist might today. In so doing, we will lay to rest the debate over the age of the universe.

Now, go and study

 

 

 

  1. [1]In his General Theory of Relativity for which he won the Nobel prize.
  2. [2]See, “On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason”
  3. [3]On 25 January, 2015
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