Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Barry Mahler, and as you might have guessed by the blog address, I’m a pastor who has spent some time in the field of nuclear energy. A strange combination, to be sure, but it’s been a great life thus far, and I wouldn’t trade the path that’s brought me to where I am for anything. So please allow me to tell you a bit of my story, and also what I hope to accomplish through Critical Mass.
But enough about me, let’s get to the idea of Critical Mass. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it is a nuclear term at heart, but is also one that is often used to describe certain social issues and developments, so let me spend a few words defining the concept. In a nuclear reactor, critical mass is simply the combination of all the ingredients necessary to maintain a chain reaction of fission (atom splitting). When critical mass is achieved, no more outside help is necessary to induce fission, for the reactor then supplies itself with all it needs.
When we say, then, that an idea or movement has reached critical mass, we are saying that no further outside input is needed in order for the idea or movement to sustain itself or grow, for it now has a life of its own. For instance, junior and senior high schools tend to create a teenage critical mass, where due to sheer volume and proximity a teen language, subculture and set of values is created and unleashed upon the world. Likewise, in Hitler’s Germany a critical mass of anti-Semitism was reached among the German people, resulting ultimately in the horror of the Holocaust.
But critical mass is something that may also be used to describe the work of Heaven upon Earth, and this is nowhere more abundantly clear than in the realm of Biblical thought and influence, of which there are two great examples. The first example is the Kingdom of Israel during Solomon’s years of wisdom, when the critical mass of obedience and allegiance to the Law of Moses resulted in a remarkable explosion of God’s truth upon the planet (1 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 9).
The second great example is that of the Judeo-Christian West, which arose slowly out of the pagan Darkness to reach a critical mass of influence upon the European continent, and whose crown jewel was eventually reached in the establishment of the United States of America, the maturation of which brought the greatest explosion of human freedom, dignity and blessing that the world may have ever known. It is toward this critical mass of Biblical thought and influence that this site is dedicated.
After more than three decades of studying the amazing Word of God, I have come to the following conclusion: Every good, every great and every beneficial idea for humanity has its genesis in the principles of Scripture. If our thinking is guided by these principles, we become wise. If our thinking is not guided by these principles, we become fools.