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In this issue we conclude our look at a theory of theories. To most people a theory is abstract, and abstraction they equate with formless and void. But such is not the case. A theory has form and that form may be expressed in the form of words, in formal definitions, and even as formulae. In putting the matter into perspective we find that only the Judeo-Christian God is the God of reason; and only that God is reasonable, which means that he is the only God.

Also in this issue Prof. Jim Hanson looks at the nature of Occam's razor. Occam's razor is a rule for trimming postulates from theories and explanations. Basically it says that one should not unnecessarily multiply suppositions. In other words, keep it simple. For example, if salvation is by grace, that is, a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), then one should not presume that one earns the gift by good works, or that one needs to make oneself “worthy” of receiving the gift. Hanson sketches the history of Occam's razor and applies it to the geocentric-heliocentric debate. He concludes that the complexity of Celestial Mechanics is due to a failure to apply Occam's razor to the model of the solar system.

In this issue there is also a simplified version of the paper your editor presented at the Twin Cities Creationist Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992. The paper describes a reasonable way in which God might have created the universe during the six days of creation. The paper, entitled “The Creation of the Universe,” offers a ready explanation for the 3øK sea of radiation which fills the universe, as well as why the universe has to rotate once a day just in order to exist. A handful of equations in the paper are not necessary for its understanding but are there to show how the fundamental properties of the universe tie together and depend on the properties of the firmament. Current research efforts by your editor continue into the nature of light. It is expected that when the research is finished, the geocentric motions of the universe — its daily rotation and its yearly wobble — will turn out to be fundamental properties of light.

Finally, two things of publishing note. First, The Book of Bible Problems has gone to the printer and will, Lord willing, be available by the end of February. The retail price will be $12.95 plus 10% shipping which I've rounded to $13.00 to simplify foreign orders. Response to the pre-publication offers of last issue were heartening and we've decided to offer the book to our readers until March 1 (April 1 overseas), at a pre- publication price of $11.00 postpaid.

Second, Geocentricity is sold out and there are no immediate plans to reprint it for two reasons. First, there is not enough storage space at the Association for Biblical Astronomy office to hold the shipment and second, smaller quantities will bring our cost of the book up to $16 or more per copy, which given the profit margins insisted on by resellers will raise the retail price to well over $30 per copy.

Those who wish to purchase Geocentricity may still obtain copies from Brian Lamb (see back cover for details) or from the Genesis Institute. The address and phone number for the Genesis Institute are: Genesis Institute, 7232 Morgan Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55423-2940, (612) 861-5288. Brian Lamb is at: Mr. Brian V. Lamb, Quarryside, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8SS, Scotland, and from the U.S. dial 011-44-1847-82-1721.



As the need to update tables became obvious, there was a need for better observations with better instruments. Brahe was certainly motivated by a need for greater precision, but his huge naked-eye instruments at the observatory in Denmark bear such a close resemblance to those ar the nearly contemporary observatories in Maragha (Northeast Iran) and Samarkand (Uzbekistan) that historians are now looking for paths of transmission in either direction. Furthermore, the Middle Easterners were suggesting a planetary scheme very like Tycho's with the Earth stationary and other planets orbiting the Sun. Whether there is a connection is still an open question.
 — From “The Ninth-Century Renaissance in Astronomy,”
 The Physics Teacher, 34, May 1996, p. 272.

Watching the cover of the Fall issue of the Biblical Astronomer it seems to me that the worm is definitely crawling over a cauliflower. Maybe there was even more life on Mars than NASA claims?
 — From a reader in the Netherlands commenting
 on last issue's cover.

Translated from WS2000 on 12 February 2005 by ws2html.