Tag: God and the Astronomers

Friday Factoid Week 3

Factoid #1:  All the darkness in space is not just emptiness. There is all this stuff called dark energy and dark matter. It is all vary confusing and mysterious as you will see in this amazing video (by Joel, 13).

Factoid #2:  We had our Back -2- School  Benediction  and watched the Imax Hubble movie outside with our friends. It shows  Orion Nebula and the star nursery with all the baby stars. The wind is blowing so fast it stunts the stars growth (by Nate, 11).

Factoid #3: On benediction night  we looked through our rad new telescope and  was able to spot the Sea of Tranquility where the rad astronauts landed (by Sam, 9).

And here’s a flashback  to what was going on in our Hawaii homeschool 6 years ago this week.  And here’s another just for fun!

Teacher’s Two-Cents: Back-2-School time just isn’t complete without a benediction on our year.  This year we gathered with other homeschooling families on the ball-field and circled up to pray over our students and teachers. Our scripture prayer was Deuteronomy 32:1-3,

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.  For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God.”

We prayed that as teachers, our words would be gentle, nourishing, life giving words.  We prayed for our students, our children, that as our teaching fell on them as upon tender grass, that their own hearts would be moldable, pliable and tender to the things of the Lord.  And we prayed for our homes that they would be places of proclamation of the name of the Lord and that in all things we would ascribe greatness to our God.

Now, an even better part of Back-2-School time is Hartland’s Homeschool Family Camp which is happening RIGHT NOW!  No better way to kick things off than for your whole family to gather in the beautiful Sequoia forest of California’s Sierra Nevadas with tons of other home-schooling families to sit under the Word, worship with the Shaw Family Band, learn from amazing science teachers and participate in the myriad of outdoor activities this camp offers.  And moms, the best part for you is that once you’re here, there’s no cooking, no cleaning, no driving and no wifi.  Don’t worry if you missed out on this one, there’s another Hartland Homeschool Family Camp in May.  See you all there!


God and the Astronomers

I just finished a great book by Robert Jastrow (1925-2008), the founder and former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute and a self-avowed agnostic. In “God and the Astronomers,” Jastrow describes the scientific discoveries and the men who made them leading up to the development of the Big Bang theory. What was surprising was how begrudgingly scientists like Albert Einstein came to embrace this theory because it pointed to a single beginning of the cosmos. Jastrow finds the reactions of others in the scientific community fascinating because of the emotional ring to them.

He suggests that “…scientists cannot bear the thought of a natural phenomenon which cannot be explained.”

“There is a kind of religion in science,” Jastrow observes, and “this religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control.”

Jastrow continues, “If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized. As usual when faced with trauma, the mind reacts by ignoring the implications –in science this is known as ‘refusing to speculate’–or trivializing the origin of the world by calling it the Big Bang, as if the Universe were a firecracker.”

Science is left with a huge problem. If they have in fact “proven that the Universe exploded into being at a certain moment,” they are now faced with the question, “What cause produced this effect?…And science cannot answer these questions…The scientist’s pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation…[and] the barrier to further progress seems insurmountable.”

Jastrow concludes that “at this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

Just a few quotes to inspire you to pick up a great book and read it!