In God We Trust
Understanding the Culture War in a Scientific Age:
The Pitched Battle for the Soul of America

February 2009 - Vol I, No. 8
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Barack Obama’s Legacy?
What will future historians have to say about the legacy of President Barack Obama? Judging by the attitude of the liberal left they will say he was the long-awaited messiah who leveled the playing field, abolished war, did away with injustice, saved the planet and achieved utopia on earth. Is this what future historians will say? Persident Obama is engaging and popular, but he is not Jesus Christ.

Stones vs. Bricks
Somewhere along the line we Christians lost some of the essential truths buried deep within the Pentateuch. Fortunately for us Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians is now digging them up and placing them at our disposal. (Make it a point to visit http://rabbidaniellapin.com and be sure to subscribe to Rabbi Lapin’s free Thought Tools.) It is interesting to note, for example, that in Biblical times it was considered an abomination to build altars to God from bricks (Isaiah 65:3). The Israelites had to build their altars from natural stones. As Rabbi Lapin explains in his Genesis Journeys, this is because no two natural stones are exactly alike, just as no two human beings are exactly alike.

Polymorphism
Polymorphism is a fancy scientific word implying non-repetition. Natural stones and human beings can be said to be polymorphic in the sense that no two of them are exactly alike (repetitive). As God is unique, so also, each and every one of us is unique. Human polymorphism does not begin at the moment of physical birth. It begins at the moment of fertilization when a single cell containing forty-six chromosomes—in a different combination from those of either parent—comes into existence. The new organism is truly unique (non-repetitive) in the entire universe.

 

Isotropism
One could say that isotropism (another fancy scientific word!) is in some sense the opposite of polymorphism. Loosely defined, isotropism implies “identical in all directions.” Isotropic structures are repetitive and lattice-like. Remember grandma’s cookie cutter? Grandma would use it to make the cookies all the same regardless of what position they occupied in space and time.

 

Repetition and Entropy
Generally speaking isotropic structures contain a great deal of repetition (like a brick wall), whereas polymorphic structures contain little repetition (like a natural stone wall). Science tells us that repetitive structures tend to be associated with higher entropy (higher probability) disordered states, whereas non-repetitive structures tend to be associated with lower entropy (lower probability) ordered states. Here is the nature of the pitfall that the Bible has been warning about for thousands of years: Paradoxically, the rudiments of the perishable universe (the laws of physics) make statistical selections in favor of more probable states—“brick walls.”

 

Social Structures
Depending on their constitutions and organizational principles, societies can also be made up of “natural stones” or “bricks.” You could say, for example, that America’s Founders endeavored to build a free society structured from “natural stones,” whereas the leaders of the former Soviet Union ended up with an oppressive society structured from “bricks.” Take away God and His divine blueprint from the human sphere of existence and what have you done? You have reduced human beings to so many pounds of matter and energy—physical systems! And how do physical systems behave? All things being equal, they tend to move away from less probable states (life, structure, complexity, heterogeneity and polymorphism), toward more probable states (non-life, non-structure, simplicity, homogeneity and isotropism).

 

Tower of Babel
The Bible was written in a pre-scientific age in which it had to convey great truths to man via narratives. Ancient Jewish wisdom preserves timeless truths hidden in Biblical narratives like the story of the Tower of Babel. That the tower was to have been built of “bricks” (Genesis 11:3) speaks volumes about the fallen nature of man and the tyrannical orders associated with that nature. In his teaching entitled Tower of Power, Rabbi Lapin reveals the modus operandi of tyrants from Pharoah and Nimrod to Hitler and Sadaam Hussein. Stated figuratively, tyrants grind up “natural stones,” pour them into molds, bake them in furnaces, and turn them into “bricks,” and then use the rudiments of the perishable universe (Hebrew khomer in Genesis 11:3) to cement them into materialistic social structures.

 

Brick Civilizations
Stated figuratively, the patriarch Abraham was a skillful architect who made his exodus from “brick civilizations” to lay a foundation for the “stone civilization” of the Kingdom of God on earth. As the writer of Hebrews tells us, Abraham looked for a “city” (figure of an organized society) “which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10). When the prophet Daniel looked down the long avenues of time he saw the composite image of these “brick civilizations” (Imperial Babylon, Persia, Greece and the two Romes) collapse after being struck by a “stone cut by no human hands” (Daniel 2:34). Coincident therewith, we Christians believe Christ to have been the “chief cornerstone” of the Kingdom of God on earth (Ephesians 2:20), and the body of Christ to be the “living stones” that complete the edifice. As the apostle Peter affirms:

Ye also, as livings stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

Blueprints of Human Organization
Abraham was using a spiritual blueprint given to him by the Creator of the universe, the same blueprint that later produced the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of Western Civilization. His nemesis Nimrod, on the other hand, wanted to use a completely different blueprint derived from the rudiments of a perishable universe itself. Question: which blueprint is President Obama using? Abraham’s or Nimrod’s? Will history honor him as the respected, charismatic and skillful architect who labored tirelessly to assemble an exquisite altar to God from a mosaic of living stones? Or will it judge him as just another smooth-talking politician who substituted bricks for stones and Nimrod for Abraham to build yet another heap of ruins—Tower of Babel—in the name of “tolerance” and “political correctness”? Let us pray that God will lead him in the right direction.

 

For further context and understanding of the complex interplay between the rudiments of the perishable universe (laws of physics) and the derivative nature of man, refer to the contents of http://www.jerustar.com and the newly published book, In God We Trust , by Victor Shane.

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What is America’s culture war really all about?

 

Who are the warring factions and what do they really want?

 

What set of beliefs drives the ideology of the conservative right?

 

What set of beliefs drives the ideology of the liberal left?

 

How do these beliefs divide America when it comes to:

 

The Judeo-Christian worldview?

The Ten Commandments?

Marriage & family values?

 

Abortion?

 

Homosexualism?

 

Euthanasia?

 

The American military?

 

 

 

 

“The purpose and content of this book are clearly stated in the subtitle, Understanding the Culture War in a Scientific Age: The Pitched Battle for the Soul of America. I think the author has contributed significantly toward fulfilling this purpose. I am particularly impressed by the selection and integration of principles and presuppositions in the early chapters, followed by application of these principles in subsequent chapters. He adheres to the Judeo-Christian worldview, but the book should be of significance and interest to readers whatever their worldview may be.”

 

—Robert B. Fischer, Ph.D.

Provost and Distinguished Professor Emeritus,

Biola University

 

 

“Most great movements of history have launched only after one great book has stirred the hearts of men. Such a book is In God We Trust by Victor Shane which makes the moral argument for America’s third great religious reawakening. When the battle is ultimately won and civilization is successfully defended, history will remember the book that started it all.”

 

—Rabbi Daniel Lapin,

President,

American Alliance of Jews

and Christians

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“Though Victor and I have different understandings of the details of religion, Victor being a devout Christian and I being an orthodox Jew, clearly in his book, In God We Trust, we share identical views regarding the desperate need for a return to the Biblically based moral code that once prevailed in American society and upon which America was founded. Victor has put into words the concerns and desires of the silent majority of Americans which must cease to be silent.”

 

 

—Gerald Schroeder, Ph.D.,

Jerusalem, Israel http://www.geraldschroeder.com/

 

 

 

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