20 July 2009
Cosmologists are the name for scientists who study the origin and characteristics of the universe. (not to be confused with cosmetologist!) We study Astronomy in 2nd, 5th, and 9th grades. Here is a link to the continuation of the size comparison of the planets to one another(above image), then compared to the sun, then the sun compared to other stars. Size Comparison of Astronomical Objects
I found this excellent map of the universe by National Geographic. It allows you to click on it and zoom in. (At the bottom right is our solar system.) It really is a great visual to put the size of creation into perspective. I feel honored that God made all that for us to enjoy; it certainly shows me how big and powerful He is. Here is the link: Universe Map
Last, some awesome articles about the Big Bang theory: a teaser and then the link for each.
"The big bang theory, based on the accumulated data of centuries, points to a supernatural beginning and a purposeful (hence personal), transcendent (beyond the boundaries of space, time, matter, and energy) Beginner." link
"The Bible’s prophets and apostles stated explicitly and repeatedly the two most fundamental properties of the big bang, a transcendent cosmic beginning a finite time period ago and a universe undergoing a general, continual expansion. In Isaiah 42:5 both properties were declared, “This is what the Lord says—He who created the heavens and stretched them out.” The Hebrew verb translated “created” in Isaiah 42:5 is bara’ which has as its primary definition “bringing into existence something new, something that did not exist before.” The proclamation that God created (bara’) the entirety of the heavens is stated seven times in the Old Testament. (Genesis 1:1; 2:3; 2:4; Psalm 148:5; Isaiah 40:26; 42:5; 45:18)" link
"I reached the conclusion very quickly that what I’d seen as an origin of life scenario, such as “chemical Darwinism” or chemical evolution, simply couldn’t account for the nature of the chemistry that exists inside living systems. At that point I embraced the idea that there had to be a Creator who was responsible for life and for the chemistry inside living systems. Intuitively, I recognized the irreducible complexity that biochemist Michael Behe articulates in his book, Darwin’s Black Box. I was challenged to read the Bible by a pastor who challenged me to read the Bible by appealing to my pride as a scientist. His point was that if one is really a scientist then he should be looking for truth no matter where he finds it." link
The home site that I found all these articles on is called Reason to Believe.
James is really into the Hubble photos, they are just amazing.