Friday, February 14, 2014

On Theories

   The world is full of conspiracy theories that remain unproven.  Foremost on the list is the JFK assassination.  Numerous books have been written and movies have been made on this, confusing the unknown truth with theories.  Amazon.com has 1,817 books on the topic.  One blames it on LBJ, another on CIA rogues and US agents, another one says KGB in connection with the Cuban Missile Crisis and others blame Joseph P. Kennedy, Edgar J Hoover, and of course Lee Harvey Oswald respectively.

   The Philippines has its own, the assassination of the hero Andres Bonifacio.  According to Wikipedia “His death is alternately viewed as a justified execution for treason and a "legal murder" fueled by politics…Historians have condemned the trial of the Bonifacio brothers as unjust. The jury was entirely composed of Aguinaldo's men; Bonifacio's defense lawyer acted more like a prosecutor as he himself declared Bonifacio's guilt …Bonifacio was not allowed to confront the state witness for the charge of conspiracy on the grounds that the latter had been killed in battle, but later the witness was seen with the prosecutors.”   

   In what world is murder legal?  And how can a revolutionary without connection to any foreign country commit treason?  Bonifacio’s murder has only one suspect however that justice was left undone will forever fuel the controversy. 

   Another controversial theory is Evolution from Charles Darwin's 1859 publication, On the Origin of Species.”  This theory is now in question in the light of recent advances in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics.

   Darwin himself confessed, “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."

   The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word theory as:
  •        an idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain facts or events
  •        an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true

   “For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.  For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became empty-headed in their reasonings and their senseless hearts became darkened.  Although claiming they were wise, they became foolish” (Romans 1:20-22)


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