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My mother had a theory that made perfect sense. She figured the ancient Egyptians must have had some sort of sophisticated power supply – possibly atomic. That would account for the fact their was no soot on the inside walls of the tombs, especially the magnificent tomb of Tutankhamen.

She had another theory I didn’t find quite as believable. She figured the earth was hollow, and that is where the ten tribes went when they became “lost.”

My mother wasn’t the only person to think the earth had a great big cave in the middle. A couple of fiction writers caught my eye as a child, namely H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

Dante wrote the ultimate example with hell as a vast underground cavern.

venusThe struggle between religion and science has interested me for a number of years, so I entered a drawing at goodreads.com for a book by Michael T. Santini. It was his sub-title that caught my attention – What Science and Religion Reveal about Life after Death.

I barely paid attention to the main title – Venus: Don’t Go There.

I should have paid more attention, since Santini speculates Venus IS hell. We all go to the middle of the earth after we die, but the wicked ultimately end up on Venus.

Santini collects his experience as an aerospace engineer and as a Doctor of Ministry graduate to blend his theories together. Indeed, he spends several pages explaining in detail an exploration of the cosmos. Those details seem a little superfluous – I was just wanting to get to the meat about how science and religion could come together peaceably.

Ultimately, we all choose where we end up. Santini quotes C. S. Lewis from THE GREAT DIVORCE; “There are only two kind of people in the end. Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

Santini continues his scientific bent with a chart showing the beginning of Time as 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to today. Then, he starts to lose me as he mixes theology and science. It is very tough reading.

One thing Santini makes abundantly clear is his belief that Venus is Hell. In his words, Hell lasts “for an eternity. . . . on the surface of Venus . . . (which includes) lava tubes.”

“Confined demons” are “in chains . . . scattered over the surface of Venus,” where they suffer “separation, loss, and anguish.”

The average temperature of Venus? 864 degrees Fahrenheit.

No thanks.

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