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Nice post, but Calvin and Hobbes had one of the best snowflake analogies of ALL TIME!

Here's that link:

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=14255#p367000

Love the post, and your "fervent wish" is one that I have had many times... but damned if I have had any success communicating that awe and wonder to others.

I would like to express my gratitude to you for "re-posting." It's nothing to be ashamed of.

I am in the National Guard, and have recently considered becoming a helicopter pilot. Because I expressed this to my stepfather he bought me a remote control helicopter for Christmas (I opened it early, don't tell). It's a smaller version that is meant to be flown inside. I have been absolutely entranced with the thing ever since I opened it.

It has two rotors and a stabalizer which is enough to keep me fascinated for hours. But now that I have read this post, I cannot stop thinking about the toy's snowflakiness. First off, people had to make a real helicopter before we designed a toy replica. Then, imagining what it took to be able to make the aerodynamics work on such a smaller scale, the ability to crash it into my T.V. and my coffee table without any apparent harm, the little recharging cord that comes out of the remote control- I have to say that mind is seriously being blown.

It's really nice to appreciate the complexity of the little (helicopters) things in life.

I remember the original post. Can't believe four years have passed by so quickly.

I get the point, but during this time of year when many of us pause to remember our faith, it is sad to me that many scholarly people do not see something more. An uncaused reality that is eternal, transcendent, willful, and somehow contemplating the beauty and majesty of its own spontaneous order sounds quite a bit like a robust definition of God to me. On Christmas, I respectfully request the liberty to quote Paul in Athens around 55 AD.

Luke records:

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he *reasoned* in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very spiritual. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. *For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'*

"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man's design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."

Merry Christmas to all

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