Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe
What do you see when you gaze at the night sky? Do you contemplate the stars as the random result of an evolutionary process? Or do you marvel over them as a testament of the Creator’s glory?
Modern science has popularized a view of the cosmos that suggests there is no need for God and denies any evidence of His existence. But The Story of the Cosmos provides a different—and fascinating—perspective. It points to a God who makes Himself known in the wonder and beauty of His creation.
This compilation from respected scholars and experts spans topics from “The Mathematical Creation and the Image of God” to “The Glorious Dance of Binary Stars” and “God’s Invisible Attributes—Black Holes.” Contributors include Dr. William Lane Craig, Guillermo Gonzalez, Melissa Cain Travis, and Dr. Michael Ward.
Come, take a deeper look at the universe…and explore the traces of God’s glory in the latest discoveries of astronomy, science, literature, and art.
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God and the expanse is declaring the work of His hands.’1 This is the opening verse of what C.S. Lewis believed ‘to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.’2 Written by Israel’s ancient King David nearly 3,000 years ago, the prologue of the nineteenth Psalm holds true today more than ever. Within our present age of sophisticated ground- and space-based telescopes, perhaps there has been no greater affirmation of David’s hymn than what astronomers have uncovered about the universe in just the last half century.” (source)
“As the psalmist extols, there really ‘are no words’16 to describe the astounding glory of what Hubble’s mirrors uncovered. In another tiny area of sky within the southern constellation of Fornax (fittingly, the ‘Furnace’), the Hubble team extracted perhaps the most breathtaking and iconic images of the heavens seen by man. Ten thousand galaxies radiated in the deepest image of the universe ever taken known today as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.” (source)
“Archibald Wheeler, who coined the term black hole, said in an interview shortly before his death in 2008, ‘The world is a crazy place, and the way it’s organized is truly crazy. But, we have to be crazy enough to see what that way is if we’re really going to understand this physical world. It’s not just a matter of nice, simple formulas.’” (source)
“During the Christmas season of 1995, for example, he and his team decided to point Hubble at a very small starless spot of sky and take pictures of it—for ten days. Considering Hubble’s operational costs, this involved a serious investment.” (source)
Daniel Ray is a former schoolteacher and a lay astronomer
with an MA in Christian apologetics from Houston Baptist
University. His thesis explored the contemporary relevance of C.S.
Lewis’s cosmological imagination in The Chronicles of
Narnia. He cohosts the podcast Good Heavens! and enjoys
writing and stargazing.
Paul M. Gould teaches philosophy and apologetics at Oklahoma Baptist University and is the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute. He is the editor or author of several books including Cultural Apologetics (Zondervan). Paul blogs at paul-gould.com.