Things Are Not As They Seem

Things Are Not As They Seem

by James F. Ivey Md
     
 
According to Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, we are all immortal. Briefly, it shows, with a little help from quantum mechanics, that almost nothing in our universe is as it seems, and that includes death. The philosophical and theological aspects of Relativity and quantum mechanics are as awe-inspiring as the scientific aspects thereof. Modern physics

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According to Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, we are all immortal. Briefly, it shows, with a little help from quantum mechanics, that almost nothing in our universe is as it seems, and that includes death. The philosophical and theological aspects of Relativity and quantum mechanics are as awe-inspiring as the scientific aspects thereof. Modern physics (a term that encompasses both and is synonymous with "theoretical physics") supports the validity of both theism and Christianity. Einstein showed us the power of perspective and, along with Max Planck, began the process of discovery wherein mind and mathematics, bounded by the velocity of electromagnetic waves, replaced space, time, matter and force as the perceived primary components of our world. Thus, these great men, together with their successors in the field of quantum physics, reversed the dampening effect on religion of life scientists Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud and revived philosophers and physicists who feared that there was nothing new about their fields of study to be found or clarified. The universe of logos, that of rational accounting, came to the fore, eliminating that of doxa (the universe that exists insofar as our physical senses are concerned), facilitating our attempts to discern its ultimate nature. The implications of theoretical physics manifest our extreme intimacy with our world. This nicely matches the intimacy that God desires with us, demonstrated by the Father's dealings with the Jews, especially as recorded in Chapter 11 of Hosea and most especially when we consider Jesus' words and deeds in the New Testament. . . . Sir James Jeans (assistant to Edwin Hubble for a time) and Arthur Eddington, early 19th century astrophysicists, followed Berkeley's lead in the development of a concept of humanity's place in the universe. Recognizing the implications of the universe as logos, they recognized the primary place of mind in our world and came to believe that the universe is the thought of God. John Archibald Wheeler, mentor of the greatest minds in theoretical physics during the past sixty years, confirmed their findings with his belief in the universe as information, enabling us to rationally conclude that almost nothing is as it seems to be. As one of these entities is death, it would seem likely that we are immortal, and Einstein agreed. Please see "The Physics and Philosophy of Eternal Life" in my website, platoeinsteinandgod.info. We must, however, prepare for a consciousness with which we will be quite unfamiliar if we are to be happy after death, and that the best way to do that is to be fully dedicated to the Christ. The validity of the Christian way is firmly supported by reams of objective and compelling evidence. Things Are Not as They Seem is an extensive summary of that evidence and a new and novel approach to an old theme. . . .Following the glossary, the first six chapters of this book consist of information about me, especially my Christian experience, together with apology for the shortcomings of the Christian Church of the past. Chapters 7 through 11 describe the inadequacy of science to provide us with answers to ultimate questions. Science cannot give us a rational account of the beginning of our universe without deserting its central pillar, causation; it is entirely about belief and faith, not knowledge or understanding; and all scholarly disciplines of science reflect our lack of understanding of the most fundamental workings of our world. In the twelfth chapter, I recommend ways of searching for ultimate truth. In Chapter 13 and 14, I show that the God of the Christian Bible fits well with the best God we can imagine and His incarnation on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440498251
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Meet the Author

I was born in 1939, the son of a pharmacist whose dad had a drug store in Orlando, the fountain of which later became famous among the school children, even from a couple of miles away. My father was interested in astronomy. My mother's father, a lawyer in Alabama, was also fascinated by astronomy and worked calculus problems for fun; he also played piano and violin. My parents insisted I take piano lessons for eleven year. Thus began a multigenerational involvement with music, with my children's playing French horn, piano and violin, plus my grandchildren's playing clarinet, drums, and piano (one of them exceptionally well).

My first wife was my high school sweetheart. She was unique in her Christian faith and exceptionally loving and caring. She worked her way through college and became a teacher.

Love for the outdoors led my wife and I to move to Alaska in 1969, with three children. There I established a solo family medical practice. I did family medicine with obstetrics. Over the years, it evolved into the practice of adult medicine and geriatrics, with some nursing home work and endeavors pertaining to alcoholism. We added two more children. These B four sons and a daughter -- have produced twelve grandchildren B eight girls and four boys. My oldest grandchild has two children, a boy and a girl; she has been teaching third and fourth grade for ten years.

My daughter became a pediatric and, later, a gynecological office nurse; my sons have exercised their college educations in diverse fields, quite successfully.

In Alaska, we lived the frontier life of hunting for meat, gathering berries, and gardening. Fishing and landing my airplane beside the house were other aspects of our lifestyle

I began to write while we were in Alaska and continued in earnest after we moved back to Florida in 1991. My wife died in 2004. I gradually realized that the thought of Socrates/Plato, along with theoretical physics, melded something like seamlessly with the Old Testament and the Gospel, as do other disciplines of humankind. I have produced nearly five books in all, only one of which is finished.

In 2005, I married another wonderful lady, a widow with a small family which has melded beautifully with mine. She helps me with my books. My Alaska son is building us a "parents' cabin" on his property.

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