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The Wonders of the Universe

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February 28, 2010 Tags: Worship & Arts

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

Each Sunday, BioLogos features a worship-oriented blog. Today's post offers reflection on a worship video produced by Highway Video.

Humanity has been drawn to gaze upon the vast expanses of the heavens long before we could see to the farthest reaches of our galaxy thanks to modern telescopes and other scientific advancements. For the writer of the Psalms, the wonder of the sprawling skies was humbling:

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4

Certainly, as modern science reminds us just how big this universe is, the same question arises: "What is man?" And as we turn our telescopes to the skies and learn more about them, even more questions seem to arise.

We now understand how stars and galaxies are born and how they die. The heavens are not fixed, as we once believed, but they are expanding, growing, and changing. Stars are still being created even today.

What do these new observations say about the Bible or about a Creator? Surely the vastness of the cosmos should inspire our faith in a higher power, and the fine tuning of the Universe complements what we know from scripture about our significance in it.  And how should we respond to these discoveries?  As we continue to uncover the beautiful order and complexity of God’s creation, we can respond in awe and worship.  As poet Thomas Troeger has put it,

"May our faith redeem the blunder of believing that our thought
Has displaced the grounds for wonder which the ancient prophets taught."

 

And Galileo Galilei, whose passion for the heavens led to revolutions for both science and religion, reminds us that we should never fear the answers that arise from scientific inquiry and exploration:

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

For more worship videos like the one shown above, be sure to visit Highway Video's Web site.



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Glen Davidson - #5543

February 28th 2010

The Unfathomable Creator is no reason to insist that the creation should not be understood, or to suppose that the explicable (evidences predicted by evolution) are due to inscrutable Design.

Nice video.

Glen Davidson
http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p


S. Scott Mapes - #64500

September 6th 2011

We are home schooling our 16-year-old daughter for her last two years of high school.  This year I am guiding her through Advanced Mathematics, Bible, and Astronomy.  Our science textbook is from Apologia, and it is basically quite good, but I am uncomfortable with the YEC bias that comes through at times.  The Biologos website serves an invaluable supplement and balance with pieces such as this that are accessible to a high school student and can meld together the arts, science, and Christian faith.  We’ll be on the site a lot these next two years.


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