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Background: The Hebrews were exiled inBabylon. There they were separated from theTemple, the very essence of their faith and their connection to God. While inBabylonthey encounter the Babylonian creation myth called the “Enuma Elish”. The Enuma Elish describes creation as the result of a war between two gods, and that humans (called savages) were created solely to serve as slaves to the gods.
The Hebrew people while inBabylonbegin to write down their history and stories in order to preserve their heritage. The first chapter of Genesis is written to help explain where we come from and our relationship to God, as well as our relationship to the rest of creation.
Creation according to Genesis 1:
Earth is a “formless void”, “wasteland”.
Works of Division Works of Decoration
Day One: Separate Light and Darkness Day Four: Sun and Moon
Day Two: Separate the Waters (sky, ocean) Day Five: Fish and birds
Day Three: Land and vegetation Day Six: Animals, Humankind
Day Seven: God rests
"On occasion scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly," said Rick Santorum
Please Rick Santorum, tell us more about your great respect for life! Nothing promotes family values like dead scientists! Of course, the only crime these scientists are being accused of is developing a peaceful nuclear energy program. Iran is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which means it has every right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and it submits to international inspections. In other words, even though official reports from our own government show that Iran is not anywhere close to building a bomb, Santorum thinks it is great that we are killing Iranian scientists, who for all intensive purposes, are simply trying to develop a new source of power for their country.
I just can’t take this ignorance and stupidity from Santorum anymore.
Some believe that their lives and very existence are a matter of random chance or simply the result of cosmic and biological processes. Behind such processes, they do not see any hand guiding it all. Much of the astounding science that occurs on Antarctica is immersed with understanding the origins and health of our planet. But it cannot answer fundamental human questions, “Why am I here?” “Is there a plan for my life?”
On this icy, frozen continent, we are humbled. It reminds us of our frail humanity. When I entered the South Pole station and I took off my thick goose-down parka, my clerical collar and lettering on my shirt saying “chaplain” were clearly visible. I walked down the corridor of the South Pole station, and there were more than a few faces that smiled and welcomed me. They said they’re glad I’m here.
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