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I'm Edward Ruetz, author of The Love Story of Creation: Book One: The Creative Adventures of God, Quarkie, Photie, and their Atom Friends.

About the Author
Edward J. Ruetz is a retired priest and a founding member of Earthworks, an Indiana ecological community since 1988. He currently lives in Indiana where he presents workshops on the Universe and the scientific story of creation, and continues his interest in the evolution versus religion debate and social justice issues.

About my latest book, The Love Story of Creation: Book One: The Creative Adventures of God, Quarkie, Photie, and their Atom Friends

A man awakens one day in a land of brilliant light. Unsure of his surroundings, he sees another man, woman, and their child surrounded by a pure crimson energy of love. He soon realizes that the Divine Beings intend to use their energy of love to give birth to new beings. And so begins an expanding Universe, fueled by diverse particles woven by gravity's power into a massive web.

The Divine Beings empower atoms to be agents of creativity. The first beings, Quarkie and Photie, join twelve atom friends and quadrillions of other atoms who manage to create billions of suns in billions of galaxies. After the Divine Beings take the atom pals on journeys back to the past to visit other atom families, the atom friends living in the Milky Way Galaxy are jolted by an exploding supernova and land on planet Earth where they eventually create the first living beings.

During the next two billion years, they engage in a crucial mission—the conception of the eukaryote cell—which will determine all future creativity on Earth. But just as they are certain of their success, a momentous catastrophe threatens to end their creative journey.

 

IN PRAISE OF The Love Story of Creation—Book One

 

“I am pleased to respond to this work, The Love Story of Creation, Book I, by Edward Ruetz which is primarily ‘…for young adults’s limited understanding of the scientific story of creation.’ Supporting elements are very helpful: glossary, sources consulted, preface and afterword are very revealing. These ‘novel’ elements can be useful to older tolks as well. The work is the most innovative-creative approach to the subject of ‘Creation’ that I have ever seen. Written as a novel and primarily for young adults the message is clear and rewarding. Characters are well developed as in any worthwhile novel. I am happy to endorse such unusual writing and presentation.” Dr. George E. Carter is a Book Editor and Author of the book,Founder of Unitarianism in South Africa—David P. Faurey and Editor of the book, The Story of Joshua D. Dreyfogle, Private, 4th Ohio Infantry and the Civil War.

 

“What a creative and entertaining way to infuse the theories of creationism and evolution. This story is able to blend elements of both ways of thinking through the summary of indisputable scientific facts and the presence of the Divine Beings, especially Ruah, throughout the creation of the universe and planet Earth. Your readers will end Book I with much curiosity about the story of the creation of man and about the future of planet Earth and won’t want to have to wait to read Book II to find out what happens.” Heather Carmichael, Editorial Consultant to iUniverse, Bloomington, Indiana.

 

The Love Story of Creation, Book One is a work of love from you to a world that needs to hear the story. You tell it with imagination, depth and even accuracy regarding the creation story as we now know it. I love your departures from the expected, especially your idea of a Quaternity that includes Sophia, Ruah, Elohim and Dabar. The twelve atom characters are also wonderful, making the Sacred Scripture of Creation accessible to young and mature alike. You no doubt know Aquinas statement, “Creation is the primary and the most perfect revelation of the Divine.” Bro. Joe Kilikevice, OP, Founding Director of Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park, Illinois.

 

“Many thanks for sending me a copy of The Love Story of Creation, Book One. What a great story you have put together! And what a host of information. I stand in awe at the breadth of your knowledge, the years of teaching experience, the creative approach used for your message and the message itself.” Michael Morwood, Author of such books as, Tomorrow’s Catholic, Is Jesus God? Finding Our Faith and Praying a New Story.

 

 

The Englewood Review of Books

 

Book Review: THE LOVE STORY OF CREATION – Edward Ruetz

 

A Brief Review of

 

The Love Story of Creation: Book One

The Creative Adventures of God, Quarkie, Photie and their Atom Friends.

Edward Ruetz.

E-Book and Paperback: iUniverse, Inc., Bloomington, IN, 2009.

 

Reviewed by Karen Altergott.

 

Imaginative interweavings of the scientific story and the God-story of creation make The Love Story of Creation unique. A tale is told with the help of a cast of animated atoms and photons who, along with the Godhead, spend billions of years together. Beginning from before all time and ending with the existence of 92 atom families and bacterium and a eukaryote cell in a mere 322 pages in an ambitious enterprise. Carefully incorporating the best science available and the theology of divine love and creativity is an amazing accomplishment. Ruetz communicates with beauty and delight about a God who is present during the minute transformations of matter into the complex reality we know. This book conveys the miraculous and the true drama of those billions of years! What a miracle today is, when we consider all that came before.

 

As a visual person, I sometimes wished this book had been embellished with accompanying illustrations from the NASA photographs of deep space and perhaps illustrations of processes. While word pictures are well-developed throughout the book, the combination of cosmic events and invisible processes at the atomic and subatomic level would make illustrations helpful. It is not easy to remember the whole story, but the careful science that underlies the story is revealed in an appealing way.

 

The characters, both divine and physical, and their relationships are important in holding the reader’s attention through billions of years. The personified atoms, photons and quarks – Quarkie, Quarko, Nitro, Hydrojean, Phoson, Oxyjoy and friends – provide a great education in the science of early creation. Ever teaching about science, the interactions among characters and within communities of particles, quarks, atoms and photons provide character lessons as well. Throughout the book, these physical beings face situations with personality, and community issues that would emerge in any creative enterprise are faced and resolved. Both scientific and character lessons would be valuable to young readers.

 

The poetic sensibility that keeps emerging in the divine love story of creation may be an overlay that most deeply expresses the theology of the book. God’s love is the source of everything. While it is puzzling in me that Ruetz chose a Quaternity of Divine Beings rather than a triune Godhead, it is within artistic license. I especially valued the role of Ruah, the Spirit of God, as a non-restrictive, but creative presence in the process. Elohim, the Father figure, has some mystery and awe, and is more self-limited than most familiar Creator imagery. The laws of Elohim are the limits within which creation occurs, which is an interesting approach. Dabar, the Son of God, has a role in creation as well. The Godhead is never easy to portray, and I like the way Ruetz handled it here. God community of three so much clearer that in the Matrix of the Shack, and it was creatively done, with integrity! The addition of Sophia, Wisdom of God, as a sometimes prophetic and initially inspiring source, was done in part to balance the gender of the Divine, and to deny the Triune nature of God.

 

After touring the universe, including our galaxy and earth at various times in creation history, and observing the work of creation of all 92 elements and various components of first life, vivified by Ruah. Ruetz brings this amazing description of the love story to the very edge of single cell life on earth. In a detailed 18 page preview of Book Two, the characters all move to earth and begin the process of diversifying life and observing an every-changing environment. I look forward to the sequel. I think it has potential as a graphic novel, one that would appeal to all ages. The author helps us hold the scientific truths and the Divine Truths in harmony in a unique manner. God created all, and science studies and discovers how! Why should there be a conflict between the two approaches?

 

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KIRKUS SERVICE FOR SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS

 

Ruetz, Edward

THE LOVE STORY OF CREATION: Book One: The Creative

Adventures of God, Quarko, Photie and Their Atom Friends.

iUniverse, Inc., Bloomington, IN, 2009

E-Book and Paperback (388 pp.)

ISBN 978-1440188404

 

Divine grace begets astrophysics in this grandiose cosmological fantasia. Ruetz, a Catholic priest and eco-communitarian, offers this fable as a mythic reconciliation of Christian-ish themes with scientific theories of the Big Bang and evolution. In the beginning, it seems there was a Quaternity of one God in four Persons: Elohim, his wife, Sophia, their son Dabar and a feminine Holy Spirit called Ruah. Their heavenly bliss needs constructive outlets, and before you can say “Through our ecstatic love, we will create space-time as a home in which these possible new creations will live,” a 100-trillion-trillion degree “red bubble-womb” erupts. As the new universe cools the laws of physics takes over, anthropomorphized by a Disneyesque cast of talking subatomic particles, including the squabbling trio of Quarkie, Quarko and Quarkoff and an alliterative photon named Photie. (Sample soliloquy: “Felicitous, faithful friends, potent perseverance calls you to fastidious fidelity.”) They conduct us on a 15 billion-year narrative in which gas clouds coalesce into galaxies and heavy atomic nuclei ae synthesized in supernovae and they gravitate to the nascent Earth. Despite the long-winded dialogue, Ruetz’a fable imparts interesting lore about the developing universe at a level that young readers can digest. Unfortunately, kids and adults may get lost in the story’s second half, which bogs down in details of molecular biology—“First let us build an RNA messenger made of nucleotide bases from our free-floating raw materials and RNA bases”—as loquacious atoms plan the evolution of bacteria into eukaryote cells. Throughtout, Ruetz blends theology into the science: the fundamental forces of physics are but elaborations of a primordial impulse toward love and fellowship, while free will makes the cosmos open-ended rather than deterministic (dangerously so for a hydrogen atom whose sinful pride draws him toward a black hole.) Neither scientists nor religious traditionalists are likely to be swayed by Ruetz’s vision, but it may resonate with those of a determinedly ecumenical mindset. An imaginative but somewhat stilted portrait of a mechanistic yet gushingly self-aware world.

 

 

PREFACE

Fact.....Fantasy.....Faith.....Fiction! I have utilized all of these--literary genre, scientific fact and religious faith--in order to write this story of creation. Coming from a Christian tradition I have depicted God as the source of this creation story. I have written this account of the creation and evolution of the Universe for a young adult audience who have a limited understanding of this scientific story of creation. I have written it in a simple, but scientifically accurate manner. Fifteen years of presenting workshops on the scientific story of creation, using picture slides and power point, have been of great help in writing this book.

I am profoundly aware of the dangers involved in attempting to tell the scientific story of creation from a faith perspective. I have attempted this task because I believe that there is a great need for Christianity to come to grips with this creative tale, study it, and then assimilate its principles and truths into our traditional beliefs and practices.

I understand the sharp difference between science and faith. The scientist--astronomer, physicist, biologist, chemist, zoologist, anthropologist--are interested in discovering the facts about our Universe and all of its community of beings, including us humans. They have developed rigorous methodologies to carry out their research in order to establish scientific fact and truth. From these experimental facts and truths they develop theories to explain the creation and evolution of our Universe and its community of beings. They are deeply interested in the question of origins. But the limits of their scientific methodologies do not allow them to study and theorize about a personal God as originator of the Universe. They look exclusively to scientific methods in order to try to explain the origins of our magnificent Universe and its diverse community of beings.

On the other hand, theologians are also interested in these same origins. But their methodologies differ greatly from the scientists. They also use rigorous methodologies to research their sacred scriptures, traditions and history, whether they are Jewish, Confucianist, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Moslem or a member of other major religious traditions. They approach their theological labors from a faith perspective. This faith is beyond the ability of science to test and verify experimentally with their technologies and methodologies. Nonetheless, the belief in a Higher Being, a God, Triune God, Allah, Jehovah or any other such God or gods, allows the believer to posit certain religious conclusions about the creation of the Universe and its evolution. This approach allows theologians to arrive at religious truths concerning origins which are radically different in their essential nature from scientific fact, truth and theory. Yet, I deeply affirm that there is a profound connection between faith and science in studying origins of the Universe and its community of beings.

Therefore, it was with profound trepidation that I began to write this book on the scientific story of creation with God as the Originator of this stupendous creativity. Yet, I believe that there is an urgent necessity for the believer, in my case, a Christian believer, to confront and understand science's story of how the Universe and its community of beings came into existence and evolved over a period of fifteen billion years. So I set out on this journey of writing this creation story in a simple, but forthright manner with God as the Originator of this enormous creativity. You will have to judge for yourself as to whether my effort is helpful to those of you who are trying to find their way between science and faith.

In recent years some theologians, including Dr. John Haught, began to speak about "layered explanations" in relation to the story of evolution. Haught writes:

By layered explanations I mean to point out that most things in our experience admit of more than one level of explanation...(possibly showing) how life may be explained simultaneously by both science and theology. (CHRISTIANITY AND SCIENCE, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2007, p. 141)

According to this approach, theologians study and observe the theory of the evolution of the Universe and planet Earth, and all of the facts and artifacts that give meaning to it. They do not invade and tamper with the scientific theory of evolution itself. They attempt to plum its story at a deep level.

The Divine Beings of faith, in this book, having set into motion the creation of the Universe through their ecstatic energy of love, empower the first particles and subsequent atoms, photons and molecules to create the Universe. Through chance, accidents, randomness, contingency, natural selection and deep time the atom and photon families carry out their creative activity over the fifteen billion years up to the present.

Theologians speak of "God's patience." As the Originator of the Universe, and after empowering the first particles and photons to carry out the creative process within it the Godhead has been engaged in observing, but not tampering with nature's creative work over these fifteen billion years, and will continue this patient activity into the future. Yet, at the time of the origins of biological life, when living beings came into existence, and when homo sapiens achieved consciousness, theologians see the Divine Beings engaged with and vivifying the original living beings and energizing homo sapiens' consciousness at a deep level below the more surface levels of the physical, chemical, molecular and environmental aspects of these forms of life.

Some scientists speculate that the Universe will continue in a "steady state," ever expanding into the future. Others believe that the Universe will end with it coming to a point when matter will reverse itself and crunch back onto the point from which it started. This is called the "big crunch theory."

Some theologians, using layered explanations and speculating from outside the evolutionary story, observe that in its processes there are time and space, simplicity and complexity, unity and diversity, creation and extinction, suffering and resurrection and novelty and beauty. They further speculate that our still unfinished Universe will ultimately evolve through the coming eons to achieve unity and perfection. They point to Teilhard de Chardin's intuition that in the distant future when the Universe will have achieved this ultimate point the Godhead will greet the creative beings who have achieved this unity at, what he called, "Point Omega." At this ultimate point the Godhead will greet the creative beings who have achieved this unity. Thus, in this theological speculation the Godhead originated or gave birth to the Universe, infusing it with the love energy used initially to birth it. Throughout the Universe's fifteen billion year journey the Godhead has patiently accompanied and energized its creators, the atoms, molecules and photons, and their creations, especially its living beings at a deep level, but not directing or determining their creative activities. Then, at Point Omega, the Godhead will receive them with love and relate to them with graciousness as it has finally achieved its unity and finished form.

In writing "THE LOVE STORY OF CREATION", I have used a modified form of the ancient Jewish literary genre, midrash. In an Oxford Dictionary the Editors write:

Midrash, derived from the root darash (inquire),denotes the literature

that interprets scripture in order to extract its full implications and

meaning...Frequently the rabbis allowed themselves to indulge in

far fetched interpretations and narratives that was clearly intended to

delight the fancy as well as to instruct (THE OXFORD DICTIONARY

OF THE JEWISH RELIGION, R. J. Zwi Werblowsky and Geoffrey

Wigoder, Editors, Oxford University Press, NY/Oxford, 1997, pg. 463).

As you read this creation story you will soon learn that I have indulged in "far fetched interpretations and narratives" that are "clearly intended to delight the fancy" of the reader "as well as instruct." My basic intent is to use narrative and fantasy, far fetched as they may seem to be, to instruct you, the reader, about the scientific story of creation.

In telling this story my greatest consternation and anxiety is my portrayal of the Creator God as a Quadernity and not as the traditional Trinity of Persons. I embrace the traditional belief of distinct Persons but One God. I understand that I open myself to intense criticism at the hands of my co-religionist Catholics, from bishops to priests, theologians and lay people. But remember that I am using the literary genre, midrash.

Let me attempt to explain my reason for using a Divine Quardernity rather than a Trinity. I have used divine names that come from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. In the first chapter of the book of Genesis Elohim is the Hebrew name given to the God who creates the Universe in six days and rests on the seventh. "And Elohim said: 'Let there be light.' And light appeared" (Genesis 1, 3).

In the book of Wisdom (Catholic Christians accept it as one of the canonical books while other Christians receive it as part of the apocryphal writings and not canonical) the writer personifies the Wisdom of God as being feminine. In Greek the word for wisdom is Sophia. The Christian tradition has never accepted Wisdom or Sophia as a Person of the Trinity. Wisdom is but an attribute of the one true God in this sapiential book. I depict Sophia as a Person of God.

Since I chose to portray the first moment of creation not as a "big bang," but as a "birthing forth" of the Universe I decided to use a husband-wife, Elohim and Sophia. as the originators who give birth to this stupendous creativity in community with the other two Divine Persons in the Quadernity...

I have utilized the Greek word, Dabar, for the Word, the Son of God. This word appears in the first chapter of John's gospel. "In the beginning was the Word (Dabar), and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was there with God. Through him all things were made, and without him, not one thing came into being" (John 1, 1-3). Dabar can also be translated as the personification of Creative Energy.

I again went back to the book of Genesis for a word to depict the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity in Christian theology. The biblical writer speaks of the chaos that existed at the beginning of creation. Hovering over this chaotic scene was "ruah," the spirit, the breath, the wind (Gen. 1, 1-2). I have used the capitalized name, Ruah, for the Holy Spirit. I describe the mutual enstatic love existing between Elohim, Sophia and Dabar as being personified truly in the Person of Ruah, the Holy Spirit. In addition, I describe Ruah who hovers over Elohim, Sophia and Dabar as a divine ghostly godmother. The Divine Beings decide to share their infinite energy of love with other beings. Their unlimited ecstatic love energy bursts forth into the blackness outside of its majestic divine realm to create a gigantic red bubble womb. Within the first few seconds and minutes of this rapturous explosion of love energy all the particles (quarks, atoms, neutrinos) and packages of energy (photons) that now inhabit the Universe are created. This begins the creative journey of the Universe in Space-Time.

You will notice that I talk of Ruah as "she" or "her". In the Bible the word spirit is, at times, neuter. In the gospels the Holy Spirit is masculine. But there have been some studies of the word, spirit, Wisdom-Sophia and Spirit-Spiritus, in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, that have led some scripture scholars to posit the possibility that the Holy Spirit is the feminine part of the Trinity. I have followed their lead in designating Ruah as feminine. In addition, I have been able to balance the genders of the quadernity of Divine Beings in my story of creation, Sophia and Ruah are feminine while Elohim and Dabar are masculine. (Notice that I will use Divine Beings, Godhead, Divine Friends, Dieties and other such names to designate this Quadernity of Persons.)

For the theological purist I am not denying my belief in the Trinity of Three Persons in One God but I am claiming my privilege as a writer to tell my tale in this midrashic manner.

I understand in using four Persons, Elohim, Sophia, Dabar and Ruah, in dialogue with the atom and photon characters in this story, I may be accused of "creating" four separate Gods. In speaking about the Trinity of Persons theologian, Elizabeth Johnson, writes that R. Kendall Soulen has developed a framework to understand the oneness and the threeness of the Trinity.

The thesis runs thus: the name of the holy Trinity is one name in three Inflections. According to the dictionary, an inflection is a modulation of the voice in speaking or singing, a change in the pitch or tone of the voice... one tone corresponds to the first 'person,' one to the second and one to the third. Each inflection refers to the triune God as a whole but does so in a distinctive way...(QUEST FOR THE LIVING GOD, Elizabeth A Johnson, The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc, New York, NY, 2007 Pgs. 215-216)

Thus, when the second "person" emanates and distinctively inflects the whole of the One God this distinct inflection does not take away from the wholeness of the other divine inflections, first "person" and the third "person." When the first "person" distinctively inflects the wholeness of the One God this inflection in no way diminishes the wholeness of the second "person" and the third "person. The same applies to the inflection of the third "person." When my midrachic story speaks of a Quadernity of Persons I mean them to be distinctive inflections of the One God which does not diminish the wholeness that each shares with the One God. When one "person" inflects this does not diminish the wholeness of the other three "persons."

In spite of all our attempts to understand the one God through analogy and anthropomorphism God is essentially incomprehensible, inexpressible, beyond description. Yet, as time brings on inexhaustible changes through the eons of our Universe, our planet Earth and its community of beings, especially we human beings, theologian Elizabeth Johnson intuites, need to press forward to find explanations of our origins, ultimate meanings and final destiny.

People keep on journeying through beauty and joy, through duty and

commitment, through agonizing silence and pain, toward greater meaning

and deeper union with the ineffable God to their last breath. (Ibid, p13)

This book is an attempt to press forward to discover "greater meaning and deeper union with the ineffable God."

During my daily walks around Saint Joseph andSaint Mary Lakes on the campus of the University of Notre Dame thirteen years ago I mused on how to approach the writing of this story of creation. With cranial endorphins flowing profusely as I walked a possible approach to my writing this story appeared mysteriously. "I should write the story as if I had just awakened from a vision of the fifteen billion years of creation history depicted as exactly one year in length." So, I, the author of this book, am the visionary and story-teller. A few days later my mind was stimulated during another stroll around the lakes to depict the primal particles and atoms as characters to tell this creative tale in dialogue with the Divine Beings. (Particles and atoms, sometimes taking on new identities within various chemical compounds, continue to exist all through the fifteen billion years of creation history.) As a visionary I would possess special gifts of microscopic eyesight and instantaneous travel to any place in the Universe. This would allow me to tell parts of the story of creation to supplement the above dialogue.

Having devised the setting and method for telling this creative tale I was now faced with the decision of how to relate my atom characters to the Divine Beings. Would the personified atoms be directed in every minute detail to carry out a divine predetermined plan or could they in some manner be creators? Auto poetic means that nature--photons, particles and atoms, and later, the whole community of living beings--possesses the ability to decide and to direct, as creators, many of the events in the evolutionary process of the Universe. More and more scientists who study the evolutionary story write about their belief that not only do biological beings possess consciousness, but photons and particles, like atoms and quarks, also possess consciousness on a certain level of their existence. In a true sense, they become creators. So this story of creation is written with the whole community of beings acting as creators.

Since my atom characters live in the microcosm of planet Earth (I would need a powerful electron micrcoscope to view their creative activities), I needed to expand this creation story to help you, the reader, understand what was happending in the wider macrocosm of the Earth and Universe. So I depict the Divine Beings taking the atom characters on frequent back-to-the-past journeys to visit other atom families creating other parts of planet Earth and the Universe.

In writing this story from an auto poetic point of view I am not denying that the God is transcendent, the ground of all being, indescribable and indefinable in human words and thoughts. I am inclusive in my theology. Paradoxically, I also believe God is eternally imminent and personally present to the Universe and its community of beings. I believe deeply that the Godhead has been present accompanying and relating at a deep level the creation and evolution of the Universe. Thus, the Godhead in whom I believe is not just a transcendent God, but an imminent, dialoguing God.

In keeping with my deep belief in the presence of the imminent God to the Universe and its beings at a deep level you will notice that Ruah is especially active at crucial moments in the creative process.

I have written this account of the creation story for certain purposes. First, I wanted to express my faith in a Godhead of Persons who are bound together by an inexpressible but profound, infinite mutual love and who have birthed forth in love the beginning of the evolutionary process of the Universe, and later, utilizing the creative efforts of its community of beings. Secondly, I have striven to capture the reality of our Universe as a web of creation intimately united through gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong force. I believe that the unified source of these four energy forces is found in the infinite ecstatic love energy emanating from the Divine Beings. Thirdly, I have attempted to show how, through the evolutionary process, each successive event of creativity has led to the next event. This process continues today. Thus, there is a fifteen billion year continuity existing in Space/Time between the first second of creation and the evolving existence of the present community of beings, including us humans on planet Earth and this entire Universe. I want to highlight for you, members of the human race, presently beset with worldwide ethnic, racial, religious and social conflict and violence, that our companions in the evolutionary process, the photons, quarks, atoms, neutrinos and diverse biological beings, have much to teach us about the nature of self-sacrifice, compassion and cooperation. If we are wise and humble enough to be open to this learning they can teach us that we are really bound together with them as a family of beings living on spaceship Earth. We need to shed our arrogance, greed, selfishness, pride and proneness to violence to join them in building a community of cooperation, compassion and love on this blue, green, brown planet Earth.

Over and over again, as I speak to groups about the scientific story of creation they have expressed an inability to grasp the element of time in the story. When I speak of fifteen billion years of the evolving Universe, or the fact that our Sun, Earth and solar system began about 4.6 billion years ago they are unable to understand and grasp this kind of time. A few years ago I was introduced to a method of bridging this seemingly insurmountable problem. This was accomplished by equating the fifteen billion years of creation to the 365 day-year. This has made evolutionary time much more understandable to the ordinary person.

In writing this scientific story of creation I have had to make choices as to which theory to follow in relation to the formation of galaxies, the existence of dark matter, dark energy, black holes, neutrinos, and dates and times concerning the origin of planet Earth, biological life, etc. For example, I have chosen Lynn Margoulis's theory of the "symbiosis of cell evolution" over other theories. All the sciences are using their methodologies to collect data about nature to develop new theories. This is advancing steadily our understanding of nature, our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the whole Universe. Often as I have read the newspapers, magazines or viewed television programs over the past twelve years I was confronted with new knowledge about our Universe that caused me to look at my writings to revise and bring them up-to-date.

I hope you enjoy the story of creation and the creative adventures of God, Quarkie, Photie and their atom friends who with their families of atoms have created this majestic Universe in all of its wonders!

Edward Ruetz

May 1, 2010

IN GRATITUDE

I am grateful to Dr. Robert Ruetz, Dr. Edward J. Rielly, Bro. Lawrence Unfried CSC, Dr. Sperry Darden and Bro. Raymond Papenfuss CSC for their encouragement and advise to me on various portions of the book and for their critique of its contents. I am grateful to Sr. Mary Baird PHJC, Sr. Janis Yaekel ASC and Sr. Nancy Raboin PHJC for their profound ecological vision that inspired me to begin and persevere in writing this book.

 

CONTENTS

Preface,

Contents,

Characters,

Chapters

1 Vision of the Quadernity,

2 Creative Dawn,

3 Photie and Quarkie, the First Creations,

4 The Birthing of Neutrons, Electrons and Neutrinos,

5 The Red Glowing Universe,

6 The Creation of the Hydrogen Atom,

7 A New Co-creative Mission Is Begun,

8 The Nuclear Furnace Ignites,

9 The Creativity of the Red Star and Birth of Carbon,

10 Hydro's New Friend and the Creation of Oxygen,

11 The Collapse of the Red Star,

12 The Red Sun Explodes,

13 Hydro Challenges His Atom Friends,

14 Proud Hydro Looks to Take Leadership of the Creative Process,

15 Hydro's Fatal Temptation,

16 Phenomenal Photie's Tale,

17 Beacons in a Vacuous Ocean of Space,

18 The Divine Beings Give the Atom Characters a Guided Tour of a

Spiral Galaxy,

19 A Journey toward a Special Destiny,

20 An Exploding Supernova — The Provoking Event,

21 An Astounding Journey,

22 Catastrophe Averted,

23 The Atom Friends Land on Planet Earth,

24 A New Creation Is Birthed,

25 Prokye Is Introduced to His Co-Creators,

26 The Creation of Prokye's Image, a New Prokaryote Bacterium,

27 Quarko's Suggestion Leads to a New Creation,

28 Nitro and Hydrojean Meet a New Friend,

29 Phosie and Photie Volunteer for a Creative Journey,

30 Back-To-The-Past: The Formation of the Solar Planets,

31 Back-To-The-Past: A Visit to the Four Rock Planets,

32 Back-To-The-Past: A Visit to the Five Gaseous Planets,

33 Prokye 2 Grows Toward Maturity,

34 Photie and Prokye 3 Find a New Power Source,

35 Phosie and Prokye 4 Work to Harness the Energy of the Sun,

36 The Quark Trio Embark on a New Mission,

37 Back-To-The-Past: A Journey through the Universe,

38 Back-To-The-Past: A Journey into and around Planet Earth,

39 Back-To-The-Past: A Return to Prokye 1's Birthplace,

40 Prokye 2 Develops an Improved Replication System,

41 Prokye 2's Surprise Reunion with Prokye 1,

42 Prokye 3 Comes Home,

43 Homecoming for the Crew of Prokye 4,

44 Back-To-The-Past: Dabar Leads the Six Atom Friends on a

Journey,

45 Back-To-The-Past: Dabar and Friends Continue Their Journey,

46 Divine Beings Dialogue With Their Atom Friends: Where Do We

Go Here?

47 Epilogue,

48 Afterword--The Future of Creation,

Sources Consulted,

Glossary,

 

 

CHARACTERS

The names of the Quadernity of Divine Beings who begin the birthing of the Universe and its community of beings are taken from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures:

Elohim from Genesis 1, 1f

Sophia form Book of Wisdom

Dabar (Word or Creative Energy) from Gospel John 1, 1f

Ruah (Spirit, Wind) from Genesis 1,1f

These are the particles, quarks, atom, photons, that have been personified:

Quarkie, female quark, later a part of a proton,part of helium 4 nuclei,and then a carbon atom, then hydrogen cyanide (HCN), part of the crew of Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1 which enlarged Prokye 1 and built nucleus membrane wall around DNA helix, part of crew of Eukaryote 1 cell or Eukarye cell 1.

Quarko, male quark, later a part of a proton, part of helium 4 nuclei,and then a carbon atom, then hydrogen cyanide (HCN), part of crew of Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1 which enlarged Prokye 1 and built nucleus membrane around DNA helix, part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Quarkoff, male quark, later part of a proton, part of helium 4 nuclei, then a carbon atom, then hydrogen cyanide (HCN),part of crew of Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1 which enlargedProkye 1 and built nucleus membrane wall around the DNA helix, part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Photie, male photon, much later an ionized hydrogen atom, part of crew of Prokye l, later part of crew of Prokye 3 which developed the mitochondria, then part of Prokye 1 again by symbiosis, then part of crew of Eukaryote Bacteria 1 cell or Eukarye cell 1.

Hydro, male hydrogen atom, annihilated in a black hole.

Hydrojean, female hydrogen atom, then part of an oxygen atom, then part of formaldehyde (CH O), part of crew of Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1, later part of crew part of crew of Prokye 2 which developed a tail assembly and spindle apparatus, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Nitro, male nitrogen atom, later part of ammonia (NH ), then a part of Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1, then part of crew of Prokye 2 which developed the tail assembly and spindle apparatus, returned to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of the crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Phosie, female phosphorus atom, then a part Prokaryote Bacteria 1 or Prokye 1, became part of crew of Prokye 4 which developed process of photosynthesis,

returned to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or

Eukarye cell 1.

Phoson, male phosphorus atom, became part of Prokye 2 which developed

tail assembly and spindle apparatus, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis,

then part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Nitrojoan, female nitrogen atom, became part of Prokye 3 which developed

mitochondria, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of crew of

Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Oxydon, male oxygen atom, became part of Prokye 3 which developed mitochondria, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Oxyjoy, female oxygen atom, became part of Prokye 4 which developed the process of photosynthesis, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of the crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

Hydrojohn, male hydrogen atom, became part of Prokye 4 which developed the process of photosynthesis, came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis, then part of the crew of Eukaryote cell 1 or Eukarye cell 1.

These are the Prokaryote Bacteria and Eukaryote Bacteria characters:

Prokye 1, first prokaryote bacteria, developed enlarged size and a nucleus membrane wall around DNA helix. Then, lost its identity and existence.

Prokye 2, first replication of Prokye 1, developed tail assembly and spindle apparatus, later came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis. Then lost its identity and existence.

Prokye 3, second replication of Prokye 2, developed mitochondria, later came back to Prokye l by symbiosis. Then lost its identity and existence. .

Prokye 4, third replication of Prokye 3, developed process of photosynthesis, later came back to Prokye 1 by symbiosis. Then lost its identity and existence.

Eukaryote Cell 1 or Eukarye Cell 1, the first eukaryote cell.

These are the colors of the antiparticles, particles, photons and atoms:

Antiparticles (black)

quarks (white)

protons (white)

neutrons (silver)

electrons (amber)

neutrinos (emerald)

photons (yellow)

positrons (topaz)

helium 4 nuclei (gold)

hydrogen atom (orange)

carbon atom (black)

oxyden atom (blue)

nitrogen atom (red)

phosphorus atom (saffron)