Where did the idea come from to write The Genesis Resolution?

For a number of years, I had told my wife that I would take her to Italy when we finally retired. In the fall of 2009, we had sold the family business and I was keeping my promise. We were in Rome. Having just spent the morning and afternoon touring the Vatican, we were wandering through a quaint little piazza Giordano Burnocalled Campo dei Fiori when we happened upon a bronze statue in the middle of the piazza.

That statute was of Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer. Bruno was arrested in 1592 for publicly stating that the Earth revolved around the sun . . . a conflict with the Roman Church’s teaching that the Earth was the center of the Universe.

Pope Clement VIII declared Bruno a heretic. He was imprisoned for seven years during a lengthy trial, and on February 17, 1600, he was found guilty of blasphemy, immoral teachings and heresy in matters of dogmatic theology. A stake was driven through his tongue and he was burned alive in the middle of the piazza.

CERNAt the time we were in Rome, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was coming on line for the very first time. Dubbed the Big Bang Machine, CERN’s collider will be used to closely duplicate conditions of the Big Bang in hopes of increasing our understanding of the beginning of the Universe.

I wondered, looking at the stature of Giordano Bruno, what would happen today if CERN were to discover the cause of the Big Bang . . . the cause of creation. Obviously, we are now a highly evolved species living in a world of unprecedented scientific enlightenment. Nothing like the fate that befell Giordano Bruno could possible happen today . . . could it?
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.