Thoughts on “The Greatest Show On Earth”

One visitor commented that, if I’m really interested in a better understanding of the creation/evolution debate, I should read “The Greatest Show On Earth” by Richard Dawkins*. It’s a good idea for a Christian of this era to have a working knowledge of evolution. Given that Richard Dawkins has gone to the trouble to write the book to make the essentials of evolutionary theory accessible to the everyday person, this book is a good chance to hear it argued by a passionate advocate of atheism.

“Be Thou My Vision” Piano Arrangement

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This is a fairly simple piano arrangement of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”, with some “interesting” chords. I really like this hymn, and I wanted to try arranging it with some different chords. I quite like the 7th and 9th chords used here.

“Joyful Rest” Piano Solo

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This piano solo I wrote in 2011, for the holy day festival called “Feast of Tabernacles”, which symbolises Jesus Christ’s future kingdom on earth.

Young-Earth Creationism and “No Death Before the Fall”

Young-earth creationists teach that the doctrine of “no death before the fall” is an important argument for a young earth. That means, they say, that before Adam and Eve’s first sin of taking from the forbidden tree, there was no death of animals. Consequently they see the fossil record as presenting a problem for old-earth creationism: there couldn't have been millions of years of death before that first sin took place. Is this Biblically sound?

“When the Kingdom Comes” Orchestral Accompaniment

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Here is some orchestral-style accompaniment for a 4-part choir piece called “When the Kingdom Comes” (music by Susan Naylor Callaway; words by John A. Ray; published by Lorenz Publishing Company).

Young Earth Creationism and the Plain Meaning of the Bible

One of the arguments of young earth creationists, in defence of young earth creationism vs old earth creationism, is that YEC stays faithful to the “plain meaning of scripture”. They say, any other variety of creationism is a compromise that leads inevitably to loss of faith. I admire the desire to stay faithful to God’s pure word. For that reason, I was once attracted to Young Earth in the first place. However, now I think that the “plain meaning of scripture” is actually something other than what YEC thinks.

Evolution's There-Is-No-God Bias—Quotes

The pro-evolution community does have an anti-God bias, and admits it. Here are some quotes.

The Biblical Value of Pi

This one puzzles me a little. Apparently, I should give up my religion because the Bible says pi=3.

Zero Compression for ODF Documents

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If you're a user of a version control system (VCS) such as Subversion, you may know about delta compression which allows the repository to efficiently store a new version by just storing the deltas compared to the previous version. But if you are storing ODF (e.g. OpenOffice) documents in version control, you may have heard that you're missing out on the benefits of delta compression because ODF documents are compressed. A minor change in a document can cause large-scale changes in the document, so the VCS can't work its delta compression magic.

Graphical Diff for ODF documents using OpenOffice.org

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At work we use Subversion for just about all our software project data: source code, design documents, reports. Design documents are usually in MS Word, Excel and Visio. TortoiseSVN is great at using MS Word's "track changes" feature to do a graphical diff of two versions of a document.

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