Musing (Genesis 1 Outer Space)

I’m liking the mediations in the popular press between science, technology, and religion-spirituality. I found this at the Atlantic Magazine website a couple of weeks back. Its basic point is that “the scientific work of space exploration can’t escape religion.” That may or may not be true, but I liked the inclusion in the article of the 1968 recording of the astronauts reading Genesis 1 while orbiting the moon alongside the famous Earthrise shot. The Blue Planet emerges out of cocooning darkness over a strip of lunar landscape. The “religious effect” at work in the recording and its juxtaposition in the article with the photograph reflects upon the juxtaposition of physical place, historical time, and human perspectives. You would have to be stupid to think this “proves” anything about the existence God, or the non-existence of God. What you have instead is a simpler and touching language game, a musing and meeting of religion and science, the archaic and the futuristic in the image of the Earth juxtaposed by an artless reading of Scripture. In the talkbacks, the anti-religionists weigh in to bloviate. Hilarity ensues.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Musing (Genesis 1 Outer Space)

  1. Myron Joshua says:

    Blessed by Thee Oh G~d, King of the Universe, who hath given the cock the wisdom to differentiate between science and religion and the capability of finding joy and enrichment in both,

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