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Mug Shot Welcome to the web site of John W. Burgeson (Burgy),
retired physicist, retired IBMer, retired Stephen Minister.

This web site was begun in January, 2001 and is added to from time to time.

My prior church family was the Rico Community Church located in Rico, Colorado. I now live in Texas, with the Rev. Carol Lee Burgeson,
my beautiful and remarkable wife of over 55 years, the love of my life,
an MDiv graduate from the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado,
PCUSA Minister of Word and Sacrament, retired pastor of The Rico Community Church,
which is located at an altitude of 8827 feet in the Colorado San Juan mountains.
From the early 1990s to 2009 I wrote book reviews for PERSPECTIVES, the quarterly journal of the American Scientific Association (ASA). I also used to write articles on baseball, energy issues and global warming
for Rico's newspaper, the Rico Bugle.

Recently (2013)I have completed a large book on the (illustrated) history of the automobile suitable for reading on a computer screen. At over 1000 pages I have never printed it! In 2014 I completed a condensed version suitable for printing (80 pages). I have also posted a link to the 1949 issues of MOTOR TREND magazine. See the RECENT ADDITIONS link below.

On this site you will find articles and links to sites which have RESPONSIBLE information
on issues of global warming and origins.
"Creation-Evolution" is not a good name for this last issue;
a better one is "Purpose-Accidentalism."

There is also information on baseball, pathological science, corny humor, Colorado jeep trails, fine automobiles, politics,
tolerance, quantum mechanics, gay/lesbian issues, Sunday School courses on Religion and Scientific Naturalism,
ethical issues, Habitat for Humanity projects
and some pictures of me for use if you are constructing a dart board. This site is at version 4.85, updated 7/13/2014.
I was informed by Bess Kalb of Wired magazine of broken links in the baseball section. These have now been fixed and some broken links removed.


RECENT ADDITIONS
Page 2. Main page; 13 sections.
Page 3. Quantum Mechanics material used in a Ph-D level class at Denver's Iliff seminary in the spring of 2001.
Page 4. Sample pages from a SS class curriculum written by my wife, Carol, for developmentally challenged adults.
Page 5. A true story I want to share with you
Page 6. updated 9/8/2003. Materials for my class "Religion & Scientific Naturalism"
Page 7. updated 10/1/2003. A short version of the class above designed for high school age persons.

Page 8. A paper on money management

Things I care deeply about:

The place God calls you to be is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet. -- Buechner


The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; it is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other persons; which weighs their interests alongside its own, without bias ... ." -- Judge Learned Hand, 5/21/1944
Most study physics to satisfy some requirement. Some study physics to learn the tricks of Nature so they may find out how to make things bigger or smaller or faster or stronger or more sensitive. But a few, a very few, study physics because they wonder -- not how things work, but why they work. They wonder what is at the bottom of things -- the very bottom, if there is a bottom. -- Lewis Epstein, in THINKING PHYSICS, 1989

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns only what we can SAY about nature. -- Neils Bohr

These two quotations sum up why I entered the study of physics, why I hold it in such high regard, and at least partially why I first began to examine the claims of Christ at the age of 31. The interface between science, and what I claim to be true as a Christian has fascinated me ever since.


The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find the strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and, if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact, would rather disbelieve his own senses, than admit the fact. Faith does not spring from miracle, but miracle from faith. -- Fyodor Dostoevsky
More quotations
Link to a web site with responsible information on origins issues:
The American Scientific Affiliation
"Nobody makes a greater mistake than one who does nothing because only a little can be done." -- Edmund Burke
Email: HossRadbourne at Gmail dot com (written that way to avoid spam)

54251 visitors since site creation on 1/22/2001.