October 21, 2007

Book Review: The Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs

Well, this is a bit of a disappointing book, but worth reading as an easy refresher course on what biblical laws most Americans aren't following (as they quote Leviticus as a justification for anti-gay laws.) It's a Jewish comedian who has set out to follow every law in the bible for an entire year, but it's very gimmicky & watered-down. Anyway, I like his portrayal of Snake Handlers, whom he describes as a friendly & welcoming congregation. Mostly I bring up this book, because I wanted to post these amazing rationals (from the Creationist Museum) for how it's possible that the universe is only six thousand years old, but yet stars are billions of lightyears away:

1. The speed of light may not have always been 186,000 miles per second. Perhaps it was faster when the universe began.

2. The time-zone analogy. You can leave Kentucky at 5:00 p.m. & arrive in Missouri at 4:00 p.m. In the same way, there may be something to continuous time zones in space.

3. Something called gravitational time dilation. I didn't quite understand it, but it had to do with our galaxy having a special place in the universe.

As Jacobs points out: "you have to be quite sharp to be a leading creationist."

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