Author's Commentary on
metagenesis

 

 

The Light of Genesis and the Light of Science

When I wrote "Metagenesis", my intent was to show how "The Light of Genesis" and "The Light of Science" were compatible to an amazing degree, and that the spiritual messages of Genesis are surpisingly supported by the discoveries of modern science.

In doing so, I preserved seven great messages that were contained in Genesis 1-3, while introducing many of the amazing revelations of modern science.  Those seven great messages (I to VII) are highlighted below.

Genesis 1: The Beginning

(I) God created the entire Universe from nothingness, according to
His perfect reason, His Logos
:  Science has supported this understanding to an amazing degree.  I chose the picture of the "Eye of God" nebula that was taken by the Hubble space telescope as the artwork for this section of the piece.

(II) The Universe was created through a great unfolding that honored the concept of the Sabbath: though I believe the account in Genesis is greatly simplified and somewhat flawed from the perspective of modern science, in Metagenesis, I provide from science the reconciling concept of the seven dawns.
Day 1: From the seed of Creation to the dawn of light: featuring Cosmology's Big Bang, and the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation as observed by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE).  Hubble discovered that distant galaxies were observed to be moving away from ours at a rate proportional to their distance.

Hubble's law (V =H x D) suggested if the Universe were collocated at some time in the past (D = V x T) then the age of the Universe was of the order of 1/H.
Day 2: From the dawn of light to the dawn of stars: featuring astrology's view of the Eagle Nebula, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Scientists believe that stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen gas that reside in chaotic neighborhoods.  The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star.
Day 3: From the dawn of stars to the dawn of planets: featuring the theory of Stellar Nucleosynthesis, critical to astrology, cosmology, and nuclear physics, and the discovery of the Periodic Table, the cornerstone of modern chemistry (below).  Scientists believe that elements are created by nuclear fusion, fission and secondary reactions that occur within the confines of stars.  Later, stars may nova, distributing large amounts of matter around neighboring stars, that may condense to form planets. A photograph of Martian dawn is shown on the left (courtesy of NASA).
Day 4: From the dawn of planets to the dawn of life: featuring the theories of ancient earth geology, and abiogenesis and the new theories of the RNA world.  Our understanding of these systems has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of the mechanisms of cell division and of the structure of RNA and DNA, as shown below.  Scome scientists theorize that the earliest forms of replicating biochemicals were ribonucleic acid (RNA) based.  
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Day 5: From the dawn of life to the dawn of multicellular life: featuring the theory of endosymbiosis, the fossil record of the Cambrian Explosion, and the diverse cells of living tissue.  Scientists believe that diverse protists formed symbionts during the evolution of both animal and plant cells (see below).  Eventually protist diversity led to the formation of primitive invertebrates, that gave rise to arthropods like the trilobite, shown in fossilized form here (left).   Protist diversity eventually gave rise to further cell specialization and diversification (see human cells two figures below).


Mitochondria are thought to have descended from close relatives of typhus-causing bacteria.

Phylogenetic analyses based on genetic sequences
(comparative DNA sequencing) support
the endosymbiosis hypothesis.

Epithelial Cells

Bone Cells



Nerve Cells
Day 6: From the dawn of multicellular life to the dawn of humankind (and the beginning of God's Sabbath): featuring the theory of the evolution of the phyla and of the descent of man.  Perhaps science has made no greater discovery than that of the intrinsic order of life.  At once, all of the life sciences came together as a beautiful symphony, revealing the harmony of all living species on earth.  Gaia theory postulates that our entire planet may well be the embryo of a single super-organism, destined to escape the confines of our solar system, and to grow through new dimensions of God's glory.


Dawn of Light


Dawn of Stars

PDawn of Planets

Dawn of Life


Dawn of Multicellular Life


Dawn of Man
Day 7: From the dawn of humankind to the dawn of civilization
(and the end of God's Sabbath): in Metagenesis, the rise of civilizatoin ends the seven day journey of creation.  Historically, this end of the Sabbath may have occurred in ancient Mesopotamia, whose artwork is shown on the right.  Spiritually, the end of the Sabbath came from The
Fall of Adam and Eve
, and the appearance of the duality of man, perhaps best depicted in the story of Cain and Abel (second from the left, below).

Dawn of Civilization
Genesis 2: Adam and Eve

(III) All humankind descended from a first human couple, traditionally called Adam and Eve in Genesis and in science, and that we are all linked in a great tree of descendency, the brotherhood of man:  Both mitochondrial DNA studies and Y chromosome studies have tended to reach agreement on this amazing fact.  Remarkably, here science and Genesis have been in total accord.

I also offer the hypothesis that Adam and Eve may have been born from the same fertilized egg cell.  That Adam was formed as a fertilized egg containing a key deletion, inversion and fusion mutation, which reduced our chromosome count from 48 to 46.  And then, during the first cell division, Eve was formed, when the sex chromosomes divided aploidally to yield an XYY Adam and an X Eve.

In this way, Adam came first; Eve was created from the side of Adam, and the key mutation was given to both.  If this first cell division had not occurred this way, Adam would have been alone, and humankind would not have survived.

To me, this little bit of science fiction helps reconcile Genesis with science, and affirms the equality of the sexes, and the miracle of God's creation.

(IV) At first, Adam and Eve lived in spiritual harmony with God and with God's Creation:  Modern science suggests that we lived as a troupe of animals for a long time prior to developing language and the ability to efficiently store and reuse knowledge.  This indeed was a time of harmony in the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3: The Fall

(V) Two great trees (metaphorically speaking) existed that were part of the Logos, God's perfect reason:  "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" (the arts and sciences), and "The Tree of Life" (the world genome).  Science suggests that these metaphors stood for the ability to record and transfer knowledge from one generation to the next, and the unfolding world genome itself.  Here modern science and Genesis are in total agreement.

(VI) Humankind separated from the harmony of God's Creation and of God when it started to rely on its own understanding of Good and Evil, giving rise to the duality of humankind:  that is the ability to do great wrong and the ability to do great right, and also the ability to rationalize both by means of their own short sightedness.

I believe the fall is a spiritual separation from a God; a spiritual death.  From that point on, humankind had to survive on its own primitive understanding.

Modern science asks us to understand that the portion of our minds that has inner-dialogue, the center of ego and consciousness, is very primitive.  It has only existed for at most 300,000 years, while our mammalian brain has been evolving for over 300 million years.  Perhpas, when we started listening to our ego, and we separated from the higher consciousness exhibited by the rest of our mind, we fell spiritually and lost communion with God.

(VII) The fall involved the adversary of God, which is personified as the serpent or Satan, which to me is an adversary in the mind of every human:  Humans are capable of false beliefs that oppose God's will for Creation, and they are capable of sharing those beliefs with others and creating Beasts that pillage and destroy.

In evolution, predators and their prey are said to evolve as an "antagonistic coevolution".  As the predator gets stealthier, the prey must get better at hearing and seeing.  As the predator gets faster, the prey must also get faster.

There are similar concepts in "evolutionary psychology".  For me, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is best likened to "intraspecies antagonistic coevolution". 

When humankind preys on itself, it is evil.  When humankind develops methods of synergistic cooperation and methods to detect and control evil, it is good.  The greatest good is love.  The psychological belief in "an adversary" is at that heart of this dualistic coevolution, and the ability to do good or to do evil is at that heart of all humans.

Our spiritual salvation lies in our overcoming this illusion - that we are separate from nature and that "other" humans are our enemy - and returning to spiritual life, our place in the garden of Eden and the Kingdom of God.

Joining the Lights of Truth

The inspired story of Creation written in Genesis 1-3 contains eternal Truths - Truths that have been confirmed by modern science after 3,000 years of study.  The correspondence of these Spiritual Truths should give everyone extraordinary faith in the love and guiding Spirit of God, and the complimintary paths to Truth that religion and science bring.


Richard Malina

Metadynamics Ministry
rich.malina@gmail.com

 
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