Monday, November 19, 2012

An Interview with Daniel Friedmann, Author of "The Genesis One Code"

1. In one sentence, tell us why we should read your book.
The Genesis One Code is the first book to rigorously reconcile the religious and scientific accounts of our origins, written in response to most people’s quandary about the origins of the universe and life, and the seemingly incompatibility between the biblical description and the latest scientific findings.

2. Why did you write this book?
For much of my life, I have searched for an explanation of our origins in both science and religion texts. When I discovered that the two explanations could be reconciled into one, I decided to share the result in a book.

3. Were the heavens and the earth created 6,000 years ago, as the Bible suggests?
The Bible says everything was created in 6 days prior to about 6,000 years ago. However, it turns out these 6 “days” were actually billions of years in duration. Thus, the biblical and scientific timeline correspond -- precisely.

4. What does The Genesis One Code mean?
The title “Genesis One” refers to the Bible, Chapter One of Genesis, which contains the creation account. The “Code” refers to a simple formula that translates one “creation day” into time as we measure it. With this formula, 1 creation day equals 2.56 billion years -- derived from biblical text wherein science and religion timelines for the development of the universe and life on earth are equivalent.

5. How does God meet Science in your book?
The creation account is all about “God said”; in other words, it is a direct telling of the creation events. Scientists have come up with their own account of how the universe came to be based on observation and theory. These two accounts of God and science meet in the book -- each is presented according to its sources and is compared and contrasted.

6. Who is this book for?
Originally, my main target audience was millennials (those born after 1980) who, having studied modern science in schools and Sunday school, see a big conflict between both teachings. Since writing it, I have found that all ages and religions are interested.

7. What do you think will surprise readers the most?
Readers are shocked at the incredible correlation in the time of events -- 19 events, from the age of the universe to the first life, correspond perfectly -- scriptures, hundreds and thousands of years old, and science, less than 50 years old, correspond. Beyond that, the three major unanswered questions in science are answered in scriptures.

8. What’s the most important message readers will get from reading your book?
The two bodies of knowledge are not at odds, but rather complement each other to lead to the full story of our origins.

9. What do you hope will come from others reading it?
I hope we will come closer to ending the 200-year “origins debate” and enter into more cooperation between scientists and theologians to lead to a better and better understanding of our origins.

10. How does this book affect other religions?
The book is primarily based on Genesis and Psalms, books common to Christians and Jews and also largely accepted by Muslims. As such, it directly applies to these three religions.

11. What is the Big Bang theory?
It is the prevalent scientific theory to explain the development of the universe. According to the Big Bang theory, the Universe was once in an extremely hot and dense state, which expanded rapidly over time, forming the myriad of celestial bodies we see today.

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