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CERN & The Big Bang (Video)

An interesting side trip that Holden, Newton and I took was to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) aka The Big Bang Experiment which is just outside the city. It is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator and studies matter under extreme conditions similar to those shortly after the Big Bang. It has gained considerable attention from outside the scientific community and was featured in the movie “Angels and Demons.”

We learned about matter, anti-matter, dark matter, Higgin’s bosom, massless objects and how 13.7 billion years ago our universe was formed. As a Christian, I went in with a certain amount of anxiety because I am a proponent of Intelligent Design. I came out with a sense of awe and wonder towards our universe and all its complexity. Something that really grabbed my attention was how little we actually know about how our universe was formed. There still are so many questions we don’t have answers to.

I decided to do some reading and among the articles I read, I found an article written by Dr. Walter L. Bradley, a Baylor Professor (go Baylor!), that was very helpful. A question Haley asked that really made me think was “Couldn’t the Big Bang just have been the way that God created the world?” Take a look at some of the info I found and see what you think:

“Big Bang” cosmology is essentially universally accepted in the scientific community today. And the fact that these provisions may be “described” scientifically by secondary causes doe not eliminate God as the primary Causer (Colossians 1:17), a point clearly made by Isaac Newton in his classic Principia.

Robert Jastrow, founder of the Goddard Space Center and a preeminent astronomer (and agnostic), puts it humorously, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story (of the big bang) ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

Galileo asserted, “The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.” Newton, Galileo, Kepler, and Copernicus, who helped “birth” modern science, viewed the universe as orderly and capable of mathematical description precisely because a rational God had fashioned it thus. Scriptures comment on the stretching out of the heavens. The Hebrew verb forms indicate this stretching is both “finished” and “ongoing.” Isaiah 40:22 depicts both actions in the same verse. The simultaneously finished and ongoing property of stretching is identical to the big bang concept of cosmic expansion.

Nobel laurete Arno Penzias said, “Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbably accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, on might say, supernatural plan.”

A universe that began in a big bang rather than a universe that eternally existed clearly supports theism over atheism. In view of the many discoveries of modern science, it takes a great deal more faith to be an atheist than a theist.

More details oh how modern science points to the existence of a Creator can be found at www.leaderu.com/offices/bradley/docs/scievidence.html

Also, Dr. Hugh Ross, an astronomer and astrophysicist, is the founder of Reasons to Believe (a science-faith think tank) has more info at www.reasons.org

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Take Me to Geneva

 

Home to the Largest Fountain in Europe, the birthplace of Calvinism, the UN, and the Big Bang Experiment, Geneva had a lot to offer. We spent Thursday and Friday night there and made sure that we bought some of the famous Swiss chocolate and army knives so we could make the visit official. The city was incredible. What made it even better was that it was not only lit up for Christmas but also for Switzerland’s L’ Escalade celebration which took place the weekend we were in town! I’m not sure where Pac-Man fits into the festivities but he seemed to be taking center state. Check out the photos!

Holden and Brittany took the lead for our time in Geneva and began our time with a walking tour led by Marvin and Marge (see finger puppets photos). They took us first to St. Peter’s Church and Calvin Auditorium where John Calvin and his co-Reformists fought for the beliefs of Protestantism. Interestingly, one guidebook said that what the Vatican is to Catholicism, Geneva is to Protestantism. It was a unique experience since all the churches we have visited up to this point have all been Catholic.

Marvin and Marge then led us to a kebab restaurant (Newton’s favorite) and to Geneva’s Jet d’Eau which is Europe’s largest fountain. We ended our time in Geneva with the Christmas Market and some very tasty Christmas crepes.

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Montreux Christmas Market & Freddie Mercury Day 

The next day we decided to head a nearby town we were told had a great Christmas Market. We ordered a taxi and were told it would cost us 100 swiss francs. When we arrived in Montreux, the taxi driver pointed to the meter and asked for 120 francs so I proceeded to question him on the matter. This cab driver proceeded to explain how he was giving us such a great deal. He told that it was a National Holiday and that he should have charged us double. We ended up meeting in the middle and paying 110.

The highlights of the Christmas Market were trying Absinthe for the first time and finding a massive statue of Freddie Mercury (lead singer of Queen). After seeing all the people gathered around it who were leaving flowers and paying homage I began to wonder if this was the National Holiday the taxi driver mentioned. We snapped a few photos and expressed amusement at Freddie Mercury’s epitaph – “Singer of Songs – Lover of Life.” Maybe one day that can be written on a monument in my name. 

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It All Ends In A Snowball Fight (Video)

 

We built two snowmen and attempted to run them over with our sleds but just couldn’t get the right trajectory. Newton got the closest and there is a great video of him on Holden’s iPhone crashing just feet from them. He then picked himself up and proceeded to turn his frustration into the assassination of Frosty. This snowball fight of the remaining pieces is what occurred shortly thereafter. 

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Three Brothers Race Each Other & Death (Video)

Seriously! Thank God for that wooden sign.

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Newton and Genna Crash (Video)

The way Newton reacts to Genna beating him to the bottom of the hill reminds me of a scene from Dumb & Dumber

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Jackson and Newton Crash (Video)

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