When you come right down to it nothing is better for an illustration than a good old clock. If you have trouble telling people the meaning of deism, you say that the deists think about the universe as a clock that God has wound up and left ticking. When you are explaining the teleological argument for the existence of God, you say that the clock on the table demands a clock-maker, that such a thing could not have come into existence without the creativity of an intelligent mind.

Franz Winkler, M.D., has a book entitled Man the Bridge Between Two Worlds. You ought to read it. One of the things he is after is our modern idea that if we can analyze something, we thereby understand it. Not so, says Winkler. Without the creative synthesizing activity that is normal to man, it is simply impossible to get at or, even better, understand anything.

Dr. Winkler brings up the clock again. The clock-maker has taken the clock apart and left the parts on the table. A man who has never seen a clock and has no idea of its totality or its purpose (why do modern thinkers run so hard away from purpose?) now sets out to analyze what it is he has. He and his descendants never reach the end of their analytical search. In the leftovers of what was once a clock they finally end up in the mysteries of nuclear structure.

Dr. Winkler then proposes that centuries after the first observation, a scientist is finally ready to make his report. “We are now in a position to state and to prove that it was made of molecules and atoms. Accidental nuclear changes have resulted in a phenomenon which to our naive ancestors appeared purposeful. There are indeed old legends … claiming that it once moved.… Laboratory tests have failed to support these ...

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