A few years ago I came up with the idea for a popular science book based on my specialised subject which is yeast molecular biology. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between science and religion so the book is about how the microscopic world was viewed in the biblical era and aims to demonstrate the impact Christianity has had on science. My goals are to discuss how uncertainties surrounding microbes were viewed in the Bible and the religious views surrounding molecular biology or genetics today using yeast for illustrative purposes. My aim is to present these views impartially without presenting a negative view of religion. Although I don’t follow any particular religion, I’m a big fan of the new testament and love the way that Jesus used parables to describe philosophies of life. In fact, the book is focused on the parable of the leaven, which is one of my favourites.
This half-finished book has been festering on my computer for quite a few years now for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m limited to views in the Bible because that is the only religious work I’m familiar with. Secondly, my style of writing is not that great so it takes me ages to edit everything. But mainly, because I’m really lazy… I have done quite a lot of background reading though. I thought a way to cope with this creativity inertia would be to start a blog of the book and that way I can also insert links to wikipedia and some illustrations. When I’ve completed it I will transform it into an ebook and publish it on WattPad or whatever is available at that time. My conscience will be clear of it and it can fester away on some dark dusty cyber-shelf instead of my computer. I will of course acknowledge any person that may have contributed to its creation.