Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mojave Desert Wonder

Rainbow Basin National Natural

This is about an hour's drive from my home, and 20 miles south-west of Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station. Rainbow Basin is an ancient lakebed where minerals have created an array of colors, and erosion has sculpted spectacular land formations. The fossilized remains of saber-toothed tigers, mastadons, camels, three-toed horses, and rhinoceros have been found here.


BeamStalk said...

Hey Craig,

You live in a very beautiful place. I live near one of the oldest mountain ranges in America, the Ouachita Mountains (the "ou" is pronounced with a "w" like sound). You learn more about them on their wikipedia page if interested. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouachita_Mountains

Not why I am here though. You wanted to learn more about St. Augustine of Hippo and where I got his quote. I actually got that particular quote from someone else that has read a lot of Augustine. You can find the same quote on the wikiquote page though. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Augustine_of_Hippo

Do a quick google of Augustine of Hippo quotes. I actually do appreciate several things that I have read of him. Of course there is also quite a lot a disagree with him on, but that should come as no surprise.

stranger.strange.land said...

Thanks, BeamStalk.

The selection from St. Augustine that you quoted sounds very much like what is taught in our church. I don't think that one's stand on the meaning of the 6 days in Genesis is essential to salvation though, only that you "believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth.." (as the Creed says).

I will leave it up to Ray whether he wants to follow Augustine's advice. If he does adopt the "symbolic language" interpretation I seriously doubt that any of the atheists who currently oppose him will say, "Okay, now I will begin to pay closer attention to what the bible says about my sins, the coming judgment, and salvation by Jesus." Rather, I suspect that they will see it as providing an opportunity to continue to further their case against God, as has already been done when Ray said that he doesn't know how old the earth is.

Yes, I would like to learn about the Ouachita Mountains. I will check that out.

BeamStalk said...

Actually, I agree with you.