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logos

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God.3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5, NASB)No, not legos, logos (like the icon), but logos (Greek word for The Word). I just finished my Greek final last night and I can actually blog about something that has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now. Jenn and I lead a Bible Study that is going through the book Discipleship Essentials. We were going through the chapter that described nature of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. As often as we go on tangents. Like that never happens to you. We were talking about John 1, and how it talks about the logos was there from the beginning and general conversations about that. When out of the blue one woman started talking about Quantum/ String Theory. Huuuh? I said that exactly. But the essence of our discussion was that scientists believe that sound is what binds atoms throughout the universe together. It does not let electrons travel to far apart or something like that. I goes way beyond my comprehension. The theological part is that sound/ word of God, the logos, is what keeps the world together even at its minutest points. We sat there for a second and went whooa.In order to go a little deeper and not read too deeply into a subject that I have no knowledge I went to my Cliff Clavin (Cheers) of knowledge, Donald. This is a bit of what he sent me back:Essentially, according to the theory, everything, from matter, stuff, to energy, light, is made up of very tiny bundles of energy that are called “strings”. These strings are wound up so tight that they vibrate on their own, and how each string vibrates determines what kind of particle it is going to be. Think of it as a string on a violin. When the string on the violin vibrates, it produces a certain sound. Now, change the length of the wire by moving your finger up and down on it and you get a different sound each time. It is the same analogy for these strings of energy, depending on the “frequency” of the vibrating string, you get a proton, or a neutron, or a photon (light), etc.The reason for String Theory or Super String Theory, is to join two major branches of physics together: Quantum Physics, which deals with very tiny things like protons, electrons, etc and very tiny distances, like the distances on the atomic level. The other branch deals with the very large, ie orbits of planets, stars, galaxies, distances between galaxies, etc. For some reason, while both are verifiable proved to be valid in their own respects, when you try to combine them both things get really screwy, complex, and impossible. String Theory attempts to unify both of these branches into a single branch. Aside from the, seemingly, fantastic preposition the theory presents, that everything we can detect and measure is all made up of these very tiny, tiny vibrating strings of energy, the real head banger part comes into play: For this theory to work, there has to be more than three spacial dimensions, you know, x, y,z planes. There has to be 11 dimensions total, 3 large dimensions that we are all familiar with, 1 time dimension, and 7 very, very small dimensions! Not to worry, I won’t get into the details of that!The whole subject is very interesting, despite its complexity in design. The main hurdle for ST so far is that these strings are so small that we cannot possibly be able to detect them directly, so how do we prove their existence if we can never observe them? There are scientists working on indirect ways to prove ST, but we shall have to just wait and see.Not that you’d have time, but if you want to know more information, you can get a book called “The Elegant Universe” by Michael Green. (I think it’s Michael, but I know it’s Green.) He goes over the whole subject of String Theory in a much more understandable and thorough job than I can ever muster. He’s able to explain science things easily much like the way Carl Sagan was able to do.Thanks Donald!

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