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Does Studying the Universe Change Your Perspective of the Environment Around You? — 2 Comments

  1. Studying the Universe gives us an appreciation of how great God’s creation is. At least, that’s what it does for me since I started with astronomy as a hobby years ago. It’s our job to take care of it to the best of our ability.

  2. Two things on a more philosophical bent that come to my mind:

    First of all, studying the universe with science gives you a better sense of, to put it simply, “what truth looks like.” Once you see how science reveals a universe that at the same time is rational and yet bigger than any one simple rational system can contain, you are prepared both to reject superstition and at the same time reject any system that’s too simple to be true.

    Second, the more we see the universe scientifically but with the eyes of faith, the more we can appreciate what it means to believe in a supernatural Creator.

    Chris Graney’s posts have pointed out that our belief in an immense universe dates from well before the modern scientific era (heck, you can see evidence of that in Psalm 8 — “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” So this is not a new idea.)

    And while science cannot mathematically “prove” God (that would make God subject to mathematics, rather than the other way around!), one can well see that if you view the universe already accepting, axiomatically, the existence of a creator God then seeing how He actually made this creation can give you a sense of that Creator’s “personality”

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