Second Friday Breakfast
The Men of Westminster holds a breakfast meeting the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 AM in Fellowship Hall, with a skilled speaker and discussion facilitator to stimulate thought on how God is working in our lives. Men, don’t miss the fellowship and discussions! Full breakfast provided (donations accepted). Contact Dudley Schadeberg with questions and reservations.
June 9, 2017
The Faint Young Sun Paradox
with Dr. Victor Zabielski
Is the Universe random or controlled? Is there evidence of some grand controlling force acting on the planet? The answers to these questions will bring us to the brink between science, religion, and philosophy. Professor Zabielski’s presentation will ponder the possibility of whether the earth’s evolution is completely random or is purposeful.
Physics tells us that the nuclear fusion fueling our sun is expanding through time. The sun is thus continuously warming, emitting more and more energy, and will continue to heat up until all the fuel in its core is used up, which may be another 4 to 5 billion years. If the sun is presently heating up, then the corollary to this must also be true: the sun must have been cooler in the geologic past, perhaps as much as 30% cooler when earth was first formed. This implies that the average temperature of earth must have been below freezing for much of its history, similar to present day Mars.
Victor Zabielski is a professor of geology and Assistant Dean of Geology at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia, having taught there since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Brown University. He also received a two-year post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a consulting geologist for George Marshall Consulting Geologists in Averill Park, NY, before joining the faculty at NVCC. The field work associated with his work has ranged from the Bahamas, Oman, and in the Canadian Arctic off the coast of Elsmere Island.
The Men of Westminster take an annual retreat in February to the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center in Comus, Maryland. In 2017, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation led by the Rev. James F. Cubie, who has served with the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington since 2011 as a member of the Company of Teachers.