Whether it’s about Personal Computers, Prostate Cancer — or even God, Aubrey Pilgrim has something to say. And one thing he’s not is Politically Correct. So just to spice things up, I asked Aubrey to write a piece for me about someting he feels strongly about. If you haven’t already met Aubrey Pilgrim, you probably will — he is a mainstay of several online prostate cancer support groups. And I have been wanting to introduce you to some of the “Legends” here.
For the record, Aubrey, 83, was diagnosed with PC in 1992 and underwent surgery. He has since become its biggest opponent. Aubrey has written over 50 books, including many computer-related ones, for McGraw-Hill. He also co-authored one about prostate cancer with the reknowned prostate cancer expert, Dr. David Crawford.
“After spending much of my young life in a Methodist orpanage, I wanted very much
to be a minister. I studied the Bible constantly. But as I learned more about science and the human body, the more of an agnostic I became. I also came to realize how much of our lives is controlled by religion. Many of our laws, especially those concerning sex, are based to some extent on the Book of Leviticus in the Bible.
According to Genesis, in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Then He created man in his own image. Some people believe it was the other way around, that man created God in his own image. After all the Bible was written by men, primarily by priests. They had none of the science and education that is available today.
According to Archbisop James Ussher, the creation happened a little over 6000 years ago. Ussher (1581–1656) was Archbishop of Armagh, the highest position in the Irish Anglican Church. Using the ages of men named in the Bible, Archbishop Ussher pinpointed the exact time that God created the earth and man. For instance: Adam lived 930 years, his son Seth lived 912 years, Enos lived for 905 years and Methuselah lived for 969 years. So according to Ussher’s calculations, creation occurred on Sunday October 23, 4004 BC. Many Bibles were printed with the dates on the bottom of each page, starting with Day 1 right up to the birth of Christ.
Many people believe that Archbishop Ussher was right and that the dates he calculated are the gospel truth. Even today, with all our scientific knowledge, many people still believe that the universe is only 6000 years old! Specifically the Creationists.
But what kind of calendar were Adam and his sons using to determine how long they lived? Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God created a calendar for them to keep track of their ages. It wasn’t until many years later that the Hebrews created a calendar based on the phases of the moon, or 29 ½ days per month.
We have a lot more evidence for evolution than we have for the supernatural God of the Creationists — the one who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. I cannot imagine someone who looks like a normal man sitting up there somewhere, keeping track of every little sin and peccadillo of the billions of people alive today and of all those billions who have gone on before us. He must have a tremendous computer.
One wonders how anyone can believe this fairy tale in this day and age. But supposedly 89% of the population is religious. And some of the men who are running for President strongly believe that the earth is only 6000 years old. They believe that the Bible is true in every thing it says. It is quite possible that one of them may become the leader of the most powerful country in the world.
I wish you all the best.”
Aubrey Pilgrim, DC (R) Author of
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Dr. E. David Crawford is co-author of the revision