James W. MacMeekin III

James W. MacMeekin III, of Winter Haven, Fla., is an author with five books to his credit, including “Lincoln Laughing.” (lincolnlaughing.com).
His latest book is “Destination Germany: The Combat Missions of Lt. Col. Charles A. Felts (USAF) (Ret.), His Crew, the 787th Bomb Squadron and Fellow Airmen.” A Korean War-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, MacMeekin is a former investment manager and educator. He can be reached by e-mail at jameswmacmeekin @yahoo.com.



Could the ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ of science be something more?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


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Mankind has been blessed with a strikingly beautiful planet capable of providing all of life’s needs. In turn, man’s curiosity has sought answers to how our universe conducts business. Astronomers, physicists, philosophers and mathematicians, using high-altitude telescopes and powerful computers, have sought the boundaries of an inscrutable universe. Pictures of nearby galaxies, displaying the magnificence of outer space, as well as that within our own solar system, give rise to the belief that we are neither unique nor alone.

Unfortunately, certain questions now seem beyond our ability to answer. Specifically, man can observe and measure the movements, temperatures and types of objects that abound throughout the known universe. But, when the scientists and mathematicians balance their equation ... it doesn’t balance! The mass of objects, which are observed and measured, is insufficient to prove their behavior. Our learned men and women of science have given this deep thought and, to date, have come to this conclusion: “We cannot see or touch that which is required to balance our equation. But, we know it’s out there, somewhere, because we can measure its impact upon what we can see and touch. Therefore, we have designated the necessary mass as ‘dark matter’ and/or ‘dark energy.’ ”

To repeat, the required matter and energy necessary to explain our universe’s behavior is called “dark” because it cannot be seen. Or touched. It’s invisible, but its presence can be measured.

And so it is with faith in God. Further, it explains the actions of the atheists. The atheist looks and assesses, but they see no God, and their assessment of man’s actions leads them to believe no real God would deposit on this beautiful planet an imperfect ape. What atheists fail to include in their limited assessment is that God did not place a perfect human specimen on this earth.

First, there is the unfortunate matter that led to Adam and Eve’s eviction notice.

Second, man is a creature of evolution, or development. And yet, despite all of these eons, man still remains far removed from perfection, as history will attest.

Third, we know that man also is a creature of the stars. All stars are nuclear reactors made up principally of helium and hydrogen, with trace amounts of all other elements. Stars remain in an almost permanent state of explosion, creating light and heat, until they have consumed most of their fuel, at which time the star collapses upon itself, which results in an explosion of unfathomable dimensions, so powerful that man can witness the event from billions of light years distant.

This explosion produces much more than heat and light. It is the source of every element known to man. Blasted into space are the means to make gold, water, oxygen, baboons, atheists and presidents — all creatures of the stars.

So! We don’t know why man is an imperfect mammal, but we know he is. We can observe and measure his actions, but we can't see why he acts the way he does, and that explains the atheist. They don’t see the White Guy as portrayed by Michelangelo, and they don’t look to the heavens, replete with dark matter and dark energy.

Perhaps, when men and women of our religion, as well as those who believe in their religion, have identified “dark energy” and “dark matter,” they also will recognize the footprint of God.


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