A book review of The Bible According to Einstein by the Anniston Star

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Had Einstein written the Bible, it would read like this

"The Bible According to Einstein: A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium," Jupiter Scientific Publishing Co., New York, $34.95).

    "It was a cloudless day in the Pleistocene (a geologic era about 300,000 years ago). The women and children of a tribe of homo sapiens (wise man) sat in the sun outside their caves. And a baby crawled to where the woods began. And the mother stood up and yelled out 'na, na, na.' And back and forth she waved her hand. But the child crawled behind a bush. And the mother hurried over to the baby and did bring him back.
    "Thus it came to pass that archaic homo sapiens seemed to learn to give meaning to the grunts and sounds they made."
    This according to "The Bible According to Einstein," is how the early caveman first developed the use of the spoken word to communicate. It is one of the countless hundreds of tidbits of information contained in this book, surprisingly easy to read for a book on science. The book is written in much the same manner as the Holy Bible and in the same format as the Bible, with books (the books of the solar system; the books of physics) and chapters. The book even has a "New Testament" and an "Old Testament." It is written often in narrative form and often as poetry, just as the Holy Bible is formatted. One of the greatest beauties of this book is that it can be read just as the Bible is often read, with the reader turning to that section that concerns what interests the reader at that moment. The book does not have to be read only from beginning to end.
    And in many instances the book reads just as the Bible reads. For example, there are many sentences and paragraphs beginning with the conjunction "and." Other sentences beginning "Now it happened that . . ." and "Thus it came to pass . . ." are strikingly similar to passages in the Holy Bible.
    Though scientific in nature, this book does not ignore religion: It declares ". . .  science enriches the mind but only religion can stir the soul. And those who confuse the two will have tormented lives."
    Four of the books of the "Chronicles" deal with four great religious leaders: Moses, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. A footnote explains that the fifth major world religion, Hinduism, has no founder. The Moses book, described as a "scientifically plausible rendition of the Moses' story," gives unusual explanations for the various plagues inflicted upon Egypt when the Pharaoh refuses to release the Hebrews.

"Science enriches the mind but
only religion can stir the soul. And
those who confuse the two will
have tormented lives.
"

-- The Bible According to Einstein

    Mud slides of red soil turned the Nile River red and disrupts the habitats of frogs which soon hopped over all the Egyptian streets. A volcanic explosion caused the plague of darkness and an eclipse caused the sun to turn black. The "parting of the waters" happened in the shallow Sea of Reeds (not Red Sea) where Moses' disciples had damned and diverted the water.
    After the Hebrews crossed, the dam was breached and the rush of water killed many of the Pharaoh's forces.
    The treatment of Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha more or less follow accepted versions although aftershocks of a tornado are blamed for rolling away the stone of Jesus' tomb. [Jupiter Scientific Editorial Comment: The author of this review means to say earthquake (not tornado). The description in The Bible According to Einstein agrees with the Scriptures. See Verse 2 of Chapter 28 of St. Matthew.] The Lazarus account, among other miracles, is recorded but there is no plausible explanation for the "come forth" miracle in the graveyard.
    More than 600 pages are crammed with scientific insights. For example, it was day for the universe in the first 300,000 years after the Big Bang, but it was been night for the last fifteen billion years or so, with our only illumination coming from the sun. This book can easily be placed in the bookshelf alongside the Holy Bible as long as the reader remembers that one feeds the mind while the other stirs the soul.

- GEORGE EVANS  



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