The Physicists Have Known Sin

Oppenheimer had this to say about the atomic bomb:

“Despite the vision and the far-seeing wisdom of our wartime heads of state, the physicists felt a peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting and, in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realization of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons, as they were in fact used, dramatized so mercilessly the inhumanity and evil of modern war. In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose” (Quoted in John Grant’s Corrupted Science).

Slavery and the American Civil War

Slavery was a secondary, important issue of the Civil War, but centralization of government was the primary issue.

“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the
Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If
I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would
do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves
I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving
others alone I would also do that.” — Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1862, letter to newspaper editor, Horace Greeley

Spencerian Cursive

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Those curves, though.

Spencerian script was the standard in America between 1850 and 1925. If you have ever wanted to make your handwriting more beautiful, Spencerian script is, in my opinion, more lovely than modern American cursive. And, the theory book and practice books are still in print!

Scientism’s Shenanigans

Science is an inescapable feature of the modern world, so it important to think clearly about it. Real science must be distinguished from something called scientism. J.P. Moreland explains:

“When a statement includes itself within its field of reference and fails to satisy itself (i.e., to conform to its own criteria of acceptability), it is self-refuting. For example, ‘There are no true statements,’ ‘I do not exist,’ and ‘No one can utter a word in English’ (uttered in English) are all self-refuting…If they are assumed to be true, what they assert proves them false…A dogmatic claim of scientism (e.g., ‘only what can be known by science or quantified and tested empirically is true and rational’) is self-refuting. The statement itself is not a statement of science, but a second-order philosophical statement about science…Another way to put this is to say that the definition, aims, and justification of science are philosophical presuppositions about science and cannot be validated by science…The validation of science is a philosophical issue, at least in part, and any claim to the contrary will itself be philosophical” (Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation, p. 107).

In other words, real science is honest about its connection to philosophy. “What is science?” is a philosophical question. Scientism, in seeking to establish a “science” standing alone apart from philosophy, actually undermines science. Schools in America are raising a whole generation of students (I am among them) who are taught scientism and are ignorant that 1) scientism undermines science and 2) real science is connected to philosophy in essential ways. It is deception, self-refuting deception, to present scientism as mere “Science.”

 

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With Science, I will rule the world, and undermine science!

Maxwell’s Equations

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Maxwell’s equations are haunting in their beauty, simplicity, and insight.

Studying for my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at a secular humanist science and technology university, I was required to learn Maxwell’s equations. It was conveniently left out of the course, to the point of historical revision, that Maxwell was a Christian who received the insight for these equations from his understanding of the Trinity and the incarnation. God has unity and diversity, and electromagnetic waves have unity and diversity.

It does a great disservice, and is historically dishonest, to present Maxwell’s equations by themselves as if he developed them in a secularized vacuum. Christians should not be afraid of Maxwell’s equations; they should move us to worship. Everything beautiful in the world, including its light, is not meant to terminate on itself, but to point us to the splendor of the Triune God.

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God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, and now the starlight is speaking about Him.

Remembering Auschwitz: An Apocalyptic Lullaby

Conscience-seared, before the heat,
White lab coat men treat Jews like meat.
And upon the smokestack, lips attached,
Is Molech drinking human ash.

I wrote this poem after studying the history of Nazi Germany, trying to come to grips with the horror human beings can inflict on one another. There are times in history when an entire culture can be so overcome by blindness, even its intelligent and educated, that it reduces people to the level of meat.