Dec 24 2008

Galileo redux

Category: Christianity,History of Astronomy,Religion newsalobel @ 3:55 pm


Several days ago, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observations using a telescope, Pope Benedict praised Galileo’s work, and asserted that such observations of the heavens can lead to a fuller appreciation of God’s creation. More details here.

Dec 14 2008

Two articles on the star of Bethlehem

Star Over Bethlehem, free clip art by Midolluin

Star Over Bethlehem, free clip art by Midolluin

Well, this article is certainly relevant. According to astronomer Dave Reneke, the star used by the three wise men to locate the infant Jesus appeared in June, and not December. For Reneke, even the status of the luminary as a star is in question. Definitely worth a read.

Here is another article on the very same topic from several different perspectives. Supernova? Jupiter? You decide.

It’s been a busy, busy month, what with the grading of tests and final exams, but I do look forward to doing some more frequent blogging over the holidays or in the new year.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season!