Astronomy was one of several things that reconnected me to Judaism. Specifically, the properties of light as understood in the present and how those properties are applicable to the Jewish creation myth.
Having repeatedly exhausted myself attempting to ferret out the significance of light in other mythologies, I have concluded that none approach the simple, plain physics described in Genesis. That text speaks to what could be called a "Big Bang" of light. No anthropomorphisms, no heroes or heroines, no creatures of nature, no gods and demigods battling away, etc., just the simple statement, "Light be!" And the Universe came into being. No other mythology comes remotely close to describing Einstein's conceptions.
All said, it seems to me that the anonymous scribe laboring away on his parchment in the 12th -15th centuries B.C.E. captured the essence of the mind of our modern age, so far as light goes. It is truly a unique melding.
Wed Feb 28, 11:13:00 PM EST
Allen--In my life I have gone through three attempts at understanding the universe. All have failed.
First, the idea of the big bang--a hard idea to get ones mind around. The cosmologists used to tell us this would either end in an
1) infinite expansion, or
2) a big crunch
There are two ideas.
Now I am reading the big bang is probably right, but it is boom, then a big expansion, then a slowing, and now some of them say, it is speeding up--and with dark energy, we might be in the
I have come to terms with the fact I will not know in this lifetime.
I think mythology is the only human way we can even start to get a handle on things. I hope for a peaceful mythology.
Wed Feb 28, 11:47:00 PM EST
Comment: I try read every post. Some are more interesting than others. All add to what goes on here at the EB.
Gems get sprinkled amongst the chaff. That happens in human conversation. Conversations are not lectures. They ramble and drift.
Stream of consciousness. Ideas that provoke, educate, irritate and entertain.
Thanks Bob and Allen. Thank you all. -Deuce