samedi 19 août 2017

Defending the Faith and Finding More

That led to a chain reaction of sorts, with him presenting me with one meme or argument against religion after another, most of them very ignorant, some of them even plain silly. The only effect of all this was that I was actually feeling a bit more confident in believing again.

Breaking the shackles of evolutionary propaganda
by Nathan van Ree ; 7 August 2017 (GMT+10)

I have been in similar situations twice before, and am in a probably similar one now.

When I went to boarding school, I was nearly Evangelical in some ways, very much more High Church in others. Young Earth Creationist - and not too anti-Catholic.

At the boarding school I had problems and got more and more problems getting girls. Not that it was a boys' school, far from it, but my tending to romantic love, hoping for a romance with engagement and marrying when possible after both get 18 (yes, back then I fell in love with girls same age, or no more than 5 years difference the one time the difference was biggest - not on school, my first girl friend, I bungled it), that was not quite the policy of a school with official policy no sex or romance and under hand policy "go ahead, but don't get caught" meaning they were presumably using condoms, perhaps abortions. So I was not getting girls.

Nor were most boys very congenial company. One Christian who later fell away, one who went through with Lutheran "confirmation" (Swedish Church can't provide that, since having neither episcopal nor sacerdotal orders) but very soon got disinterested in Christianity, and the rest of co-boarders in each of the two houses where I was were either:

  • harrassers;
  • on and off company, mostly indifferent;
  • company actively trying to bring me away from the faith, though friendly.

The harrassers were also attacking very much the faith, when not attacking my personality by calling me homosexual.

The on and off company was either very superficial, or, at times when a bit more interested also showing off some arguments against the faith. Notably against Young Earth Creationism.

This means I spent four years defending the faith as best as I could. At the end of the process, I was Catholic. OK, not yet received into Novus Ordo sect, but going for it. Or going for the Catholic Church and taking Novus Ordo sect for it.

The thing is, I was doing pretty well - and it was in the process of finding arguments (as well as in my passion for history, including Church history) that I discovered that the Catholic Church NOT being founded on a supposed apostasy or semi-apostasy or syncretisation in the time of Constantine, or even as I had more actually thought, getting slightly corrupted by power and needing a Reformation, but remaining the true faith very purely over time was the best explanation for God meeting His requirement as per Matthew 28 last verses or of God preserving the Bible in a Bible believing Church.

I was looking at the Orthodox Church too, perhaps at the time preferring Catholicism on somewhat too superficial grounds, which has if so been corrected by the time I return (much later) from Orthodoxy to Catholicism.

But while I was preparing to be received - and I was received by a priest who was certainly clearly Catholic in outlook, who had been ordained in older rite, who remembered it all and who accepted externals of the Novus Ordo, not the mentality, of obedience, so one can argue I was really received in the Catholic Church because of my and his intention, and because in 1988 there was no alternative Pope known to me - I was continuing arguing and doing very well.

I was taking time off, more and more, from Young Earth Creationism - after all, I had decided Catholics not believing the position were still Catholics, still perfectly Christians.

Things happened, I could not sort my life out in Catholics of the now mainstream type, I searched out a Traditional opposition, things happened there too, and instead of sorting up my life I got stranded away from them, in a village. There I did not do much for the faith, except pray and oppose abortion. And promote a return to younger marriage ages - by courting a girl who was 14-15. Things happened, and after I had been in mental hospital for two short spells, I defended myself against a policeman when he tried to put me there third time over - NB, not in "defense" of the girl, not on an occasion when I had been trying to see her, but months after the latest such event.

In prison, things happened. I think some of them were arranged, like being put together with one, two, then three or even four Muslims, and I ended up getting defended from them (after saying I believe the Quran is not the word of God, but of Satan) by people then transferring me to mental hospital. NB, the Muslims were threatening a while and it was one of them who alerted the guards, so their game may have been to arrange such a transfer. In that mental hospital, one of my remaining joys was reading. And I read most of Little House series, and I read a Swedish translation of City of God, by St Augustine of Hippo. When I came out, I was very clearly Young Earth Creationist.

I had a reason to start using internet less than a year after getting out, and I was of course defending Catholicism in a Traditional way and Young Earth Creationism. And same thing happened : as I defended the faith, I discovered a new thing about it. I was confronted with Distant Starlight Paradox, and within 24 hours I was Geocentric. I think this position is the best defense, the ones promoted by CMI are comparatively exotic. Less sensible than some of their other work.

And now I am living homeless (hoping to get sth published) defending the faith over internet, and am seeing certain efforts which once again seem to be concerted to bring me away from the faith. Not wishing good luck, though, not even ironically.

Hans Georg Lundahl
Bibl. Parmentier
St. John Eudes

samedi 5 août 2017

Babylonian Captivity and Carbon Dating

I just saw news archaeologists have found the burning of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar's general, as mentioned in Jeremiah, and dated the burning to 2600 years ago.

2600 years ago is 583 BC, very close to the 586 BC for siege of Jerusalem at first exile.

This means that 2600 years ago, carbon content was c. 100 pmc in the atmosphere./HGL

H/T : Archaeologists Prove Bible Historically Accurate. Again.
on Creative Minority Report

Ussher compared to St Jerome

How Fast was Carbon 14 Forming During Babel Event? · Ussher compared to St Jerome

For the timeline of Ussher, which is per se acceptable to Catholics - it is used in the 1859 Haydock comment and was promoted in France by Frémyot, with approval of the Church - though not as some wikipedians seem to have thought with dogmatic final such, since it is in conflict with that of St Jerome's Christmas proclamation (the traditional one, not the one of 1994), the series of events from Flood to Dispersion of Nations goes roughly like this:

2348 BC - Flood
2247 BC - birth of Peleg
2242 BC - beginning of Babel project
2202 BC - God ends it by confusion of tongues.

Can this timeline work with identifying Babel project with Göbekli Tepe?* We would have the extra years: 2242 BC dated as 9600 BC, 7358 extra years, and 8600 BC standing for 2002 BC, 6398 extra years.

The carbon content of atmosphere at 7358 extra years is roughly 40.92 pmc. 42.04 % for 7162.5 extra years, leaves 195.5. 97.86 % for 154.0625 extra years**, leaves 41.44 extra years, close enough to the 38.52 ones which are 1/128 of a halflife. The remainder is not worth bothering about.*** So I ùultiply 42.04 %, by 97.86 % by 99.45 %, I get 40.92 % as the % of modern carbon, as the pmc.

The rise in carbon to only 6398 extra years is parallele to previous. The difference is not worth bothering about.*** The key difference is whether Peleg was born in 101 or 401 after the Flood. ° That being 2247 BC after a Flood in 2348 BC vs 2556 BC ° after a Flood in 2957 BC, as the Christmas proclamation says.

I have calculated that a rise of "zero" (actually more, but the difference is not worth ... you know ***) to 40.92 pmc (skipping accounting for c. 2 pmc at Flood and its decay***) in 106 years (I used the multiplied percentages for years adding up to 116 years 1/64 + 1/128 of a halflife) is "40.92" pmc; this instead of the replacement expected in 116 years, the 1.62 pmc units which are the difference between normal recent objects and the 98.38 pmc you get in objects from 1901. And 40.92 compared to 1.62 in same time span is 25.2 times as fast. More, since the timespan is really ten years shorter.

I have also calculated the contrasting alternative decay depletion and typical replacement for 406 years, technically just for 385 years, it sinks to 94.73 pmc between 1632 and now (so if you want to carbon date the manuscript of the Galileo trial in 1633, you know what to look for). This means "the atmospheric sample" so to speak normally "needs" (and gets) a replacement of 5.27 pmc units in 385 years, somewhat more in 406 years - which I didn't bother to calculate.*** Divide 40.92 % by 5.27 % and you get 7.75 - a factor of multiplication less important than during the 40 years of building Babel.

So, for St Jerome, you get a cosmic ray impact of 3.02 milliSievert°° per year, lower than the average total background radiation today, for Ussher 9.83 milliSievert per year, closer to highest total background radiations (though not highest professional one).

Supposing that there had been a nuke War just before the Flood, the ground bound parts of background radiation would have been high too. In this scenarion the years between Flood and Babel would have exposed man to quite a few more milliSievert per year than anywhere on earth today - except at work.

That might be either seen as a reason to prefer St Jerome over Ussher - or to reject my Babel-Göbekli Tepe identification °°° - or go a far way to explain shortened lifespans and the fashion of wearing fur in stone age. At least outdoors or outcaves, even if people were buried inside caves with fur on.

Other thing about Ussher's timeline as opposed to St Jerome's, and if accepting my identification of Babel as Göbekli Tepe °°° : how many skeleta from Upper Palaeolithic are there? They would NOT involve Abraham's ancestors, since all of these survived past 106 and even146 post Deluvium. They would have been of people with lifespans fairly short for back then, a bit like in St Louis' time his maternal uncle who was hopping between crenelations and since he was royal no one stopped him, and he fell and broke his neck - at 13. Some were of course older than that, but Cro-Magnon 1, dated to "27 680 ans BP (± 270)" would have been born after Flood and have died before 106 after Flood. Very short lifespan for back then.

Of course, I am personally for the timeline of St Jerome as you know from pervious and elsewhere.

Hans Georg Lundahl
Bibl. Mouffetard, Paris
Dedication of Our Lady in Snow

PS, one more thing. When you divide times of radioactive decay, the percentages of "needed" replacement increase, exponentially reversed or sth as per number of subdivisions. But the shorter the total time is, the less is this increase, and this seems unrelated to normal versus tripled or sevenfold or elevenfold or twentyfivefold increase. 40 years, as in previous, 116 or 385 years as in this one, this is fairly short in total compared to the 5730 of a whole halflife./HGL

PPS, if you didn't get it, it seems this does not affect the milliSivert count./HGL


* No bricks found as yet, nor any architecture like a tower, which is why a three step rocket or failing attempt of such might have been what the tower was. However, 1/50 has been excavated, the part which resembles stonehenge twice over, or three times over, with surrounding buildings a bit like Çatal Höyük. ** I think that is less than 154 years and one month, let's not bother to check now, but that is exactly 1/32 of a halflife. *** At least not during "vacation", when I prewrite this in the countryside. I might be more meticulous when writing before a computer. ° 101 as per both Vulgate and King James, thus also Ussher, LXX gives 529 if you have a "second Cainan" and therefore 401 without him - it seems St Jerome was using a LXX manuscript without him or discounting him as spurious by comparing Samaritan and his own Hebrew Vorlage, ancestral to Masoretic. But I am guessing, since his Christmas proclamation mentions neither Babel nor Peleg. °° I think I may have misspelled the unit, I just realised Rolf Sievert was a Swede, not a "Rudolf Siewertz" from Germany. Elsewhere, previously. °°° Yes, I know about bricks and tower architecture, but do you find anything older looking like a city anywhere in Shinar plains? Ziggurat of Ur is way later, and its building lord is known as having spoken Sumerian and being third dynasty of an Ur separate from other peoples - two signs it is a man way after Babel.