Poster Boy Wrote:
> I have always found this passage to be
> interesting, On the point you raise, it is
> recorded that Jesus said, "I will build my church,
> and the gates of Hades will not overcome it"
> (Matthew 16:18).
> What I find fascinating, is that 1.618 is the
> number for Phi, which in turn is the basis for the
> Fibonacci sequence, which in turn is known to
> relate, throughout nature, to renewal or
> regeneration. In the case of the Fibonacci
> sequence, the sequence is based on the renewal of
> the same arithmetic function, of adding the two
> adjacent numbers in the sequence to get the next
> one in the sequence. Dividing the greater number
> next to the adjacent smaller one produces
> ever-closer approximations to 1.618, hence the
> 'golden ratio'.
> As a mathematical metaphor, the verse Matt 16.18
> is highly complementary to the Fibonacci's noted
> properties. That's because this story is believed
> to involve Jesus appointing Peter as the first
> leader of the Church, aka the first Pope. In
> other words, Peter is regarded, as a tenet of
> Catholic dogma, as the first person in a line of
> succession that is in turn based on
> Those are the facts. Whether it is a random
> coincidence is one thing, but at times like this I
> think it is fair and reasonable comment to mention
> a mechanism to which self-professed rational (as
> in reasonable) humans are seen to defer: As
> improbability rises, at a certain point 'chance'
> is seen to be a poor if not irrelevant explanation
> of events.
> Finally, if anyone is interested, here's a link to
> a related post where 1618 appears, at a quite
> perfect time, in thematic (renewal) relation to
> the turning of the Mayan Long Count calendar.