Astronomy and the Bible: Questions and Answers


Answers to 110 questions on astronomy and the universe from a Christian perspective that is informed by Scripture. A useful resource for classroom and home.
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Answers to 110 questions on astronomy and the universe from a Christian perspective that is informed by Scripture. A useful resource for classroom and home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801029912
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1989
  • Pages: 150
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Part 1 The Earth and Moon
1. Is the earth at the center of the universe? 15
2. Did Bible writers believe the earth was flat? 17
3. What causes leap year? 17
4. Is the earth's magnetic field decreasing? 18
5. Is there a hole in the ozone layer? 19
6. Has the earth's tilt changed? 20
7. Is the earth's temperature changing? 22
8. Is the Bermuda Triangle really a mystery? 23
9. What are meteorites? 24
10. What is a satellite? 25
11. Have scientists discovered the moon's origin? 27
12. What causes the tides? 29
13. Why do we see only one side of the moon? 29
14. Does the moon appear every night? 30
15. Do moon phases affect the earth? 31
16. What causes eclipses? 31
17. What does a ring around the moon mean? 33
18. What are the land and sky like on the moon? 33
19. Is there a problem with moon dust? 34
Part 2 The Solar System
20. What makes up our solar system? 37
21. Has the origin of the solar system been determined? 38
22. Was the fourth day of creation 24 hours long? 39
23. What are the other planets like? 41
24. What are other moons like? 44
25. Is there a tenth planet? 45
26. Do all the planets ever line up? 46
27. Do other planets exist beyond the solar system? 47
28. What do we learn from comets? 48
29. Did a comet kill the dinosaurs? 50
30. Did natural catastrophes shape our world's destiny? 52
31. What powers the sun? 53
32. Is the sun shrinking in size? 54
33. What causes an aurora? 54
34. What are sunspots? 55
35. Can we explain the "long days" of Joshua and Hezekiah? 57
36. Have computers discovered the biblical "long days"? 58
Part 3 The Stars
37. What is a star? 61
38. Is every star different? 63
39. How many stars are known to exist? 63
40. How are star distances measured? 64
41. How do we know what stars are made of? 66
42. What is special about the North Star? 67
43. Which is the brightest star? 70
44. What are "wandering stars"? 71
45. What was the Star of Bethlehem? 72
46. What is the morning star? 73
47. What are the Pleiades? 74
48. What do we know about the stars named in Scripture? 75
49. Is the gospel spelled out in the stars? 76
50. Did the stars fight against Sisera? 78
51. What is a black hole? 79
52. What is the Death Star? 80
53. Which are the largest stars? 81
54. What is a supernova? 82
55. Do stars evolve? 83
56. Do new stars form today? 84
57. Are we made of stardust? 86
58. What are the southern skies like? 86
59. Does everyone see the same stars? 87
60. Did a vapor canopy once hide the stars? 88
61. How can we see distant stars in a "young" universe? 89
Part 4 Galaxies and the Universe
62. What is the Milky Way? 91
63. Is the universe expanding? 94
64. What is the big bang theory? 95
65. Was there a big bang? 96
66. How is redshift explained? 99
67. What is background radiation? 100
68. Why does everything in space display circular motion? 101
69. How old is the universe? 102
70. What is a quasar? 104
71. Is heaven located in the northern sky? 104
Part 5 General Science
72. What is gravity? 107
73. What is light? 108
74. What is a light-year? 110
75. What did ancient observatories measure? 110
76. What's wrong with studying astrology? 112
77. Should man be in space? 113
78. What are UFOs? 114
79. Is there life in space? 115
80. Does Scripture refer to life in space? 116
81. Do eggs balance on the days of equinox? 117
82. Is Procter & Gamble's symbol Satanic? 118
83. What is the strangest word in astronomy? 119
84. How is the date for Easter determined? 120
85. Are there limits to science? 121
86. Can astronomy lead a person to God? 122
87. Are there heavenly signs of the end times? 124
88. Can the "music of the spheres" be explained? 125
89. What quotes are pertinent for our study? 126
Part 6 Technical Terms and Ideas
90. Which is the best telescope to buy? 131
91. Are stars as numerous as sand grains? 132
92. Are relativity and quantum theories correct? 134
93. What is the anthropic principle? 135
94. Did Supernova 1987A actually occur? 138
95. What are cosmic strings? 139
96. Is there a basic building block for matter? 140
97. Is the speed of light decreasing? 141
98. Does the HR diagram prove that the universe is old? 143
99. What is gravitational collapse? 144
100. Are dying stars a part of the curse in Genesis? 145
Part 7 Additional Astronomy Questions
101. Who were some pioneer creationist astronomers? 151
102. Does the seven-day week support creation? 154
103. How did the Star of David originate? 155
104. What is Arizona's meteorite crater like? 156
105. What are moon rocks like? 157
106. Is the moon receding from the earth? 158
107. Is there a face on Mars? 159
108. Why is the sky dark at night? 159
109. What is dark matter? 160
110. What is Biosphere II? 161
Suggested Resources for Astronomy and Creation 163
Glossary 165
Scripture Index 170
Subject Index 172
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