The heavens are beckoning us, telling us that this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the creator. And now, using rovers and satellites, we're venturing further out into the vastness of space than ever before.
In Star Struck, Christian astronomer David Bradstreet and writer Steve Rabey take readers on a guided tour of the biggest story ever, offering both intriguing science lessons and powerful spiritual insights:
- As we discover more about cosmos, we understand more about the character of our Creator;
- The more we see the vastness and complexity of the universe, the more we experience awe, wonder, praise, gratitude and humility;
- Hundreds of Christian astronomers blaze the way into deep exploration of the universe today, discovering and proving God’s work in the heavens.
Combining a respect and admiration for mainstream astronomy with a zeal for uncovering new details about God’s celestial handiwork at its core, this book about stars, planets, asteroids, nebula, comets, dark matter, and the other fingerprints of God will tell you that all of the worlds around you are God’s and this world is his home for you.
|Contributor(s)||David Hart Bradstreet , Steve Rabey|
|About the Contributor(s)||David Hart Bradstreet
David H. Bradstreet is an award-winning professor, author and astronomy "rock star" who has been teaching students of all ages about the heavens since 1976 at Eastern University, where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department and Director of the David H. Bradstreet Observatory and Julia Fowler Planetarium.
Dave earned a M.S. and Ph. D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked with NASA, the National Science Foundation and the International Astronomical Union. He co-authored the Binary Maker 3.0 software program that helps astronomical researchers worldwide calculate the characteristics of binary stars. In 2014 the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 5826 Bradstreet in honor of Dave’s work in binary stars and for his innovative digital planetarium curriculum. Dave has been happily married to his best friend, Colleen, for 39 years.
Co-Writer Steve Rabey is an award-winning author of 30+ books and 2,000+ articles for 100+ major media outlets including The New York Times and Christianity Today. His books on faith and culture for ABA and CBA publishers include study Bibles; the bestselling Rachel's Tears about Columbine shooting victim Rachel Scott (350,000+ copies sold) and The Lessons of St. Francis (50,000+ copies sold). Steve's articles have been published by major outlets including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Religion News Service. He has covered religion for the Colorado Springs Gazette for two decades (church mergers, Billy Graham's legacy, "nones"). Recent stories about Christians and legalized marijuana for OnFaith generated 7,000+ Facebook shares. Steve has an M.A. in church history from Denver Seminary. He has taught at Denver and Fuller seminaries and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his author/speaker wife Lois are celebrating 25 years together.
|Publish Date||Sep 6, 2016|
- Review by Jonathan
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.” Isa. 40:26
For DECADES I struggled with integrating the Genesis 1:1 record: “God created the heavens and the earth.” with so-called “Science”. The Bible seemed to show a "young earth" (Maybe 10,000 years old or so) and SIX- 24 hour days. Scientists, however, have now decided the universe came from one "Big Bang" more than 13.7 billion years ago. That is the time required for light from the furthest visible object (light years = distance travelled at the speed of light for a year) to get TO EARTH. According to the theory, the Bang occurred as a single extremely small but highly energetic kernel of energy exploded. We have since expanded into the huge and ever-expanding universe we see today.
The orbiting Hubble space telescope, viewing the universe from outside our atmosphere, has recently greatly expanded this knowledge. Scientists look at the furthest thing we can see. Since its light has travelled 13.7 billion years at the speed of light = Light Years, the universe must be older. Astronomers now believe there are billions of galaxies AND hundreds of billions of stars WITHIN EACH galaxy!! I could NOT understand how the different teachings/understandings fit together. Was science in fact "correct" and the Bible hopelessly out-of-date?
David Bradstreet, now chair of Astronomy and Physics at Eastern University, shared my feelings of wonder looking up at the sky when he was young. He, however, pursued his interest, receiving undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral training. He is now a professor and world-renowned expert. With his training and experience, Dr. Bradstreet has written a book explaining the mysteries of science, astronomy and the Bible. He calls it Star Struck, 2016-Zondervan.
The book helped me SOLVE the apparent conflict between Astronomy and God’s power. I now understand that my concept of God, as Originator of All, is not in conflict with current scientists’ thoughts. In fact, the concept of the Big Bang may just be a “Human way” to explain Genesis 1:1.
His chapter about the Big Bang is titled “The God behind the Biggest Bang.” He tells us a Roman Catholic priest, George Lemaitre, developed the concept in 1927. His ideas slowly became accepted by scientists, the general population and clergy. In order to find the age of the earth, he asked: “If we hit rewind for the universe, where would it begin?” His conclusion was there was a “bang” which started and explains it ALL.
This book discusses the history of astronomy and its relationship to the Church. It explains the discoveries of astronomers Galileo, Kepler and Hubble and more recent astronomers. It explains their concept of our ever widening (ever expanding) universe. Most recently science is seeking to understand the huge, mysterious “Dark Matter”. Dark Matter is a term to describe the heavy matter we cannot see or prove. It simply appears to be “there” and everywhere in the universe in the way that it appears to gravitationally affect other visible matter.
Other concepts discussed in the book are:
• How James Usher researched and published his biblical chronology. He decided the earth was 6,000 years old based on Bible genealogies.
• Complementary interaction of the Sun and Moon.
• How the “Space Race” between the US and the USSR expanded our understanding.
• Extra-terrestrial life - is there life “out there”?
• Star combos - stars functioning together as twins or triplets, the majority of all stars!
• The End - How will this universe end??!
I highly recommend this book to give a scientific AND Biblical basis for understanding our universe. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say, “We are living at the most exciting time for Astronomy!”
Jonathan Schwab email@example.com
(Posted on 11/22/2016)