WVotW:Modernism – Astronomers

April 23, 2009

I was reading an article on smh regarding the discovery of Gliese 581 e and Gliese 581 d, the two planets from another solar system that are the closest to Earth in relation to their size and location to their sun.

Gliese. Photo:AFPIt struck me that Astronomers must largely be of the Modernist mindset. They seek to use scientific discoveries to gain meaning to our existence. What I want to know is what will happen when/if they find another Earth-like planet? What will the discovery that we are not so special in the universe do for their thinking? Surely Astronomy (which I love by the way) is very good at describing the universe, but assigning meaning to its vastness is beyond their realm of study. Meaning comes from the purpose for which something is made. Once we know this, Astronomy can help us reflect on how privileged we are for God to choose us out of all the vastness of the universe.


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