Returning to our examination of the tactile qualities of space and it’s malleability, we find Scriptural glimpses of just this. In a number of places we find clear, unequivocal evidence referencing His shaping of the heavens.
The power in simple, “empty” space would amaze you. Consider this: if a cubic centimeter-sized vacuum is dropped to a temperature of absolute zero (-459.67 degrees below zero), all atomic movement ceases. Even so, there is still a certain degree of detectable, irreducible thermal energy radiating from it. What can this be if all atomic energy has stalled?
As one can tell, even a few simple words in the Scriptures, just a few short phrases – here in Genesis in particular – can convey dramatically more information that we may at first anticipate.
Atmospherically, a canopy would effectively produce a series of very particular climatic effects. There would, for instance, be a global stabilization of atmospheric conditions, promoting tropical to subtropical temperatures across the planet. Further, there would be very little wind. The high humidity of those conditions would manifest itself in the mornings and evenings as dense fogs and mists. As strange as that first sounds, it gets a bit stranger yet as there would be no atmospheric precedent for rain on the land! The only precipitation would be found above bodies of water, directly above regions of high evaporation.
Embracing mayim as pure water – as opposed to some fervent plasma – has led a number of commentators to suggest the existence of an early atmospheric canopy. There are many researchers in the field of creation (the Institute for Creation Research, for instance) that speculate, both from linguistic analysis and physical evidence, that there was a “canopy” of sorts in the atmosphere in the early earth. Many canopy theorists postulate that this structure was global, encapsulating the planet within a densely-packed atmospheric region of vapor or condensation.
There are generally four basic states of matter accepted within physics: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. While most of us are quite reasonably familiar with the first three, the fourth – plasma – is rarely encountered in our day-to-day lives. Plasma is essentially a material state that precedes the formation of true, assembled molecules, being composed of ions and free electrons. Plasmas would present themselves quite a bit like a gas, but in reality they are truly distinct.
The Second day of the Creation began in darkness, the evening of the First day waning as the next day dawned in the pre-solar light. Looking back across the years, we find that this day was – as we would know it today – a Monday, with Creation beginning on the preceding Sunday. As a matter of review, let us once again look a the Scriptures up to this point in Creation:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again…¹
We have all heard that curious little rhyme at some point or another. After all, it’s been popular since its original publication in Juvenile Amusements by Samuel Arnold in 1797.² When we hear this catchy little tale, our minds invariably conjure images of a stout, perhaps jolly Egg, perched precariously on a wall, who ultimately meets an unfortunate end. We see this, but where in the rhyme does it tell us that Humpty is an egg? We all get used to given images and preconceptions, yet how many times are they shaded incorrectly or tinted with misconception?
In late 2012, I set out to write a book that told my story of coming to Christianity from atheism, and with it, documenting all the science, history, and philosophical insights that contributed to my newfound faith. As of July 23rd, this year, that book (Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World) – and a sister volume (The Official Art of Remnants of Eden) – were published, and they are both available now in print and digital, both here on FOUNDRY4 and at other retailers, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more.