Religion is one path, science another. An exploding supernova or a burning bush.

Wouldn’t Alabama be a totally different place from what we saw during the recent election if the people had been at all aware of what was happening, not in Alabama but in the real Heaven up above, in the stars?

If the people of Alabama were to take just the first steps to understand that it’s not religion, not Christianity, not even the Supreme Court and the Constitution, but science and in particular evolutionary science (and especially what Ed Wilson, an Alabamian like Roy Moore and Doug Jones, calls Consilience), that has the most to teach us about ourselves, and ultimately how we might best live together.

An exploding supernova:

forged elements
An X-ray image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A shows different elements, those now among others a good part of who we are, and created in a superova explosion: silicon (red), sulfur (yellow), calcium (green) and iron  within(purple). (The blast wave from the explosion is seen as the blue outer ring.)

The supernova remnant Cassiopeia A is the aftermath of a stellar explosion. These explosions – and other astronomical cataclysms such as neutron-star collisions – are responsible for creating the elements that are essential for life in the universe.

The image above, taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, shows the location of different elements in the remains of the explosion. Each element produces produces X-rays within narrow energy ranges, allowing maps of their location to be created.

From COSMOS Magazine, December 15, 2017

A “burning bush.”


While tending his father-in-law Jethro’s sheep in the land of Midian, Moses saw a baffling sight on Mount Horeb. A bush was on fire, but it did not burn up. Moses went over to the burning bush to investigate, and the voice of God called to him.

God explained that he had seen how miserable his chosen people, the Hebrews, were in Egypt, where they were being held as slaves.

God had come down from heaven to rescue them. He picked Moses to carry out that task.

Moses was terrified. He told God he was not capable of such a huge undertaking. God assured Moses he would be with him. At that point, Moses asked God his name, so he could tell the Israelites who had sent him. God replied,

“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3:14-15, NIV)


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