July 3rd, 2012

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Deep Thoughts...

Himself and I have been having an interesting, on-going conversation lately. It was sparked by a "Big Bang Theory" Season 2 episode (the one where Sheldon finds out his North Pole expedition experiment was tampered with, so he quits and runs home to Mommy, who is a parody of an East Texas Bible-banging Fundamentalist.)

Anyway....Himself wanted to know what *I* thought about evolution. I asked why. He said that evolution made sense, but he wasn't sure how it fit with the Bible. So.....

Go back to the very beginning. WHAT started the whole universe? Scientists say the big bang. OK...what caused the bang? Scientists don't know - they have all sorts of "out there" theories, but nothing that really makes sense.

So. What IF the big bang was started by God saying the Word? Well...that would work - but you have to accept that there IS a God. Right - but think about it. Do you think that a human eyeball - which is a VERY complex organ - could have just "magically" appeared - by random mutation; and could those random mutations have happened often enough to become non-random? That's kind of implausible - NOT impossible, I didn't say that! - just implausible.

But what about evolution? You either believe in Creation, or you believe in Evolution, right? Well....what IF God created everything (and I'm not going into how long it took Him - because, frankly, it doesn't matter to ME if it was 6 24-hour days, or if it was 6 million-year days. He did it, and THAT'S what matters. HE is God, and could easily have done it in 6 24-hour days.), then sort of stepped back and let evolution commence? I mean, I've SEEN evolution in action in my horse-breeding days. (Call it what you will - selective breeding, even if human-caused, is STILL evolution in an encapsulated form.)

We've been continuing this conversation for over a week now, off and on. I started thinking about it again last night when I got a new Homeschool catalogue.......I don't know WHY chrischun scientific folk are so het up over Creationism vs. Evolution - because, really, IF you truly believe, it ALL works. And doesn't invalidate the Bible at all. (And this is a WHOLE 'nother discussion...why do chrischun scientific folk so "in your face"? Because...you can make your point without pontificating and preaching to your audience - in fact, all the hot air turns *me* off. I like the Apologia Science books (the upper grades, anyway) because, while Dr. Wile IS chrischun, he gives a relatively balanced view of Science. His beliefs aren't imposed on you on every page (although he does insert them a bit....but he's not rabid against evolution; he presents a slightly-more-than-usual rational view.), and he's obviously a "real" scientist. The lower elementary books, however...:sigh: I don't need to be reminded of God's Glory in Every. Single. Paragraph. Especially not in an Astronomy book. (Although the Botany book is WORSE. :bigger sigh: The author's views actually detracted from the Science.....NOT a good thing.)

Anyway, it's been interesting. And it was all sparked from a silly sit-com! :lol:

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1. Anna, I'm willing to move, should He tell us we need to. I'm Texas born and bred, but the heat is getting to me! However....it depends on SG's job - they DO move people, occasionally, but we'd have to be offered a comparable house/property situation, and be able to move all the critters. So....while I'm willing, I'm not holding my breath. (If that makes sense.)

2. We took SG's aunt to Ham's Orchard today. Peaches are in season - and they have like 40 varieties. We didn't buy peaches......we came home with strawberries, concord grape jam, muscadine cider, strawberry cider, fudge (in 5 of the *15* varieties they offered today!), and sour cream chicken enchilada casserole for dinner. :mmmmm: Oh, and pickled garlic and jalapeno-stuffed olives. Happy tummies today!

3. We also took her with us to buy replacement pullets. We came home with 12 - 2 each of Brahma, Silver-laced Wyandotte, Gold-laced Wyandotte, 2 red sex-link, 1 blue-laced Wyandotte (that...I think is just a blue Wyandotte, because I don't see any signs of lacing on her, but hey - she's pretty!), and 3 Americunas. We're going to go back in 2 months to get my blue-laced RED Wyandottes - they had *1* old enough to run with an established flock...but it was a roo. :sigh:

3a. While there, we got to see the Nigie/Pygmy cross goats they have. 1 kid was 24 hours old - the aunt LOVED that! It's weird, though.....they have like 30 goats, but they don't milk at all - and 2 of them had painful-looking udders. Full, tight, and almost dragging the ground. More milk than twins can drink in a day.....I...don't get it. At all. (And..they have 1500 chickens, but no egg-layers. They sell 'em as fast as they can...I don't really get *that*, either - if I have chickens, I'd better be getting something out of it; money isn't enough. Not with the amount of work that goes into factory-farming chickens from day-old to 2 month.) Again - if I have to put that much work into my goats, I'd better be getting some form of payout......selling kids won't cover her feed bills. (And the 2 goats? Had horns, so we couldn't have brought them home anyway. She didn't quite get that - but I do NOT do horns. I'm not going to risk my Nubian and Alpine udders - they're too valuable to me for that.)

4. Auntie and kids are outside planting stuff she brought with her. They're grumbling, but helping. (It's 94* and HOT out there - we had rain a bit this morning, which made it super-humid. Feels MUCH hotter than 94*. And no swimming while the Aunt is here - it would be rude, since she doesn't swim.)

5. I have 2 boxes that I need to close up and mail out. :sigh: I'll try to package them up tomorrow and go to the Post Office on Thursday.

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