Nevertheless, the auras associated with temporal-lobe seizures continue to have mystical virtue. The auras have been described as similar to satori – in the Zen Buddhist tradition, a flash of sudden enlightenment, the first step toward achieving nirvana. Mystics, monks, saints and artists have experienced seizure-like auras: St. Paul, on a journey to Damascus, converted to Christianity after seizure-like experience in which the Lord spoke to him in a blinding flash of light. Joan of Arc reported ecstatic moments when she saw visions of angels. During his seizures, Fyodor Dostoyevsky experienced a sense of ecstatic well-being and transcendent happiness; Alfred, Lord Tennyson had mystic visions.
This is the final excerpt from The Reasonable Horologist.
Scientists and philosophers have struggled for millennia to explain the workings of our universe. “The earliest beginnings of science was to note that there exist patterns of cause and effect that are manifestations of the Universe's rational order …” – Astronomy 123: "Galaxies and the Expanding Universe", an online course taught by James Schombert, Professor of Physics at University of Oregon.
In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy – three laws of motion that helped explain the behavior of the solar system. According to Schombert, “Newtonian physics was used to support the deistic view that God had created the world as a perfect machine that then required no further interference from Him.” Clockwork models of the solar system were built to study the relative movements of the planets around the sun - they were called orreries (a contemporary orrery was built by the Long Now Foundation in 2005).
This new science prompted great debate about the role of God in a Newtonian universe. Was He a master builder who stood aside from his creation and let the laws of science determine man’s fate (a philosophy called Deism, and also called the Clockwork Universe Theory)? Or was man capable of free will and reliant on God’s continuing grace? George and Howard struggled as well, with the questions of God and their place in His universe.
In Genesis 19:26: Yahweh reveals that he will destroy the wicked city of Sodom unless he finds ten righteous people living there. Having not found even this small number, angels lead Lot and his family out of Sodom to safety, but order them not to look back as they flee. But Lot’s wife turned to look back, and was transformed into a pillar of salt.