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UNHIDDEN Paperback – February 25, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (February 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607912457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607912453
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Richardson produces choice fruit of information and insight in this helpful teaching from a Don's lifelong study of cosmology, astronomy, and theology. Don is a successful Christian missionary and frequent conference speaker whose earlier books include "Peace Child" and "Eternity in Their Hearts". The book opens with a disclosure of harmonies and natural laws. It posits that the extent continuum of matter and time is joined by a value continuum. The harmonies and laws are reasonable and helpful. In the universe, light pairs with darkness, matter with antimatter, male with female, and orderly natural phenomenon with an Order Arranger. People are different than animals and although people have finite origins, they have eternal destinies. Philosophically, miracles are considered as is the existence of evil.

As the book continues, it teaches much about the cosmos at micro and macro levels. Electrically unbalanced and transparent ions are contrasted with electrically balanced and opaque atoms and molecules; gravity is compared with magnetism. Harmonic Origin Cosmology (HOC) is offered as an alternative to Big Bang Cosmology (BBC) but it is really a variation upon it. Magnetic Field Reversals (MFR's) are posited as a powerful mechanism to position large amounts of electrically unbalanced ions and to explain the common spiral and symmetrical attributes of galaxies. Explanations are given for sub-atomic particles like neutrons, protons, electrons, and neutrinos at the micro end and for galaxies, globular clusters, nebulas, planets, moons, comets at the macro end. Geological phenomenon such as continental drift, the origin of mountains and the origin of oceans also get turns for explanations. Theologies of redemption and Christian missions are added to the mix.
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Let me start with the disclaimer that much of Richardson's work I appreciate; I LOVED his presentation about his work among the Sawa and the peace child. So when he pitched this book at the end of the presentation for those who like science, I grabbed it. I agree with his basic premise that because all things were created by God, ultimately God's character shapes the material, moral, and aesthetic nature of the universe, hence the belief in a unified field that supercedes what secular physicists are looking for.

However, even just minoring in physical science in college gave me enough to see that Richardson is overreaching himself. I found that in the subjects I have only cursory knowledge, like the sequence of the Big Bang, his critiques seemed very valid to me and his alternative theories reasonable, e.g., the charge parity violation does seem to be a problem that his "neutron bubbles beginning" seems to solve. However, in the areas where I have done a little more study, I found serious flaws. For instance, his critique of the theory of gravity and models on the expansion of the universe show he is assuming three-dimensional linear space, when the premise of the theories he is critiquing is that three-dimensional space curves along another dimension we cannot perceive. In fact, his objection that the "bowling ball in the trampoline" illustration is obviously wrong because satellites orbit along the equator and not above it shows he doesn't understand the illustration at all.

Likewise, since I have studied geology, his flood chapter seems very uninformed. He keeps referencing the antiquated "continental drift" as if he's never heard of plate tectonics, so he simply brushes aside the evidence for it like hot spots, fault lines, etc.
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Unhidden by Don Richardson describes his discovery of a "series of 22 laws that by their nature link everything with everything!" Richardson believes a unified field of truth exists and is knowable. He presents these laws as evidence that God in Christ Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the universe. Using scientific language he delineates these laws. The book is beyond my comprehension since I have little science background, so much of it I skimmed over. I've learned from and enjoyed Richardson's other books, Peace Child, Eternity in Their Hearts, Lords of the Earth and The Secrets of the Koran. He has led an amazing life as a missionary to headhunters and now as a speaker and teacher of others.
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