In The Beginning…

My wife from time to time reminds me that I have a problem with procrastination. I don’t really agree, but I keep putting off telling her that.

But that explains today’s post. I saw a newspaper story in September 2014 and thought, “I should blog about that.” So I put the paper aside. Given that it has been almost a year, I figure it is time to get to it. In my defence, I would say it is not as if I haven’t been posting things, and only I set the schedule.

What I saw was a science story, and the headline caught my eye. “Water molecules here before the sun: study.” The Ottawa Citizen link for that didn’t come up when I searched for it, but you can read The LA Times story here.

My first response was “I knew that already. Why is this news?” Then I read the article, which explained that scientists have determined that there are some water molecules on earth that are older than the sun and our solar system.

Hard science isn’t my area of expertise, my field is the social sciences. So I will be the first to admit that although I took physics, chemistry and biology in high school, I haven’t kept current in any of those fields. Astrophysics and anything to do with molecules is beyond me, except in the more simple aspects. So I hadn’t given any thought really as to whether water predated the sun. That’s probably because when I was much younger I read this in the first chapter of the book of Genesis in The Bible:

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

If I’m reading that correctly, according to The Bible, water came before the sun. Only now has science caught up to something Christians and Jews have known for millennia. I thought that was interesting.


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