“Holy Scripture and Nature are both emanations from the divine word.”
Even before Sputnik took to the heavens, and sparked the Space Race and the imaginations of thousands of young children, humanity has looked up at the lights in the sky and wondered. What are those things that twinkle in the night? What causes some to stay in place? Why do some fall? Why do some move across the heavens, disappear, and then reappear?
While these questions may seem foolish or old hat to us now, we often forget that we live in the Space Age. Still. Just over a century ago did humankind learn to fly, and since that day, we have been eager to leave this atmosphere and see those things that twinkle in the night. At some point in history, Christianity had removed itself from any interest in the realm of science, especially astronomy. Clearly, Christians did not, and still do not, know how important they have been to the development of astronomy.
With a passion for astronomy, and a heart after God, Dr. David Bradstreet aims to fix decades of ill-informed thinking. Christians should be interested in astronomy, as some of the greatest and most influential astronomers have been. It is in the night sky, and far beyond our naked eyesight, that we can see the untainted handiwork of God. Though we may not know it all well, Bradstreet wants to help educate us, help us to see the extravagant work of Creator God, inspiring us to worship Him.
That is what Star Struck is all about.
Walking through history, both of the church and astronomy, Bradstreet shows readers how important Christians have been to astronomy, and how important astronomy has been to Christians in the past. With heroes like Galileo, Copernicus, and Kepler all holding onto their Christian faith, while studying the star, Bradstreet encourages us all to better appreciate the majesty and mystery of God’s heavens, and those that dedicate their lives to understanding it.
Star Stuck will wow you with astronomical truths that you didn’t realize impacted your world, like the Earth’s tilt, and the shape of the moon. It will astonish you how small we really are in the vast ocean that is the cosmos, and yet not feel belittle by what Bradstreet is sharing. Star Struck will leave you in a place where you have no other recourse but to sit back in a state of awe and look to heaven with worship in your heart for God.
“Scripture claims authority in matters of faith and practice: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’. But the Bible never claims such authority when it comes to global timetables.”
Regardless of what kind of book, a reviewer always has a preconceived idea about what this book will be or should be. I thought that Star Struck would be more technical. I was expecting Louie Giglio’s Indescribable sermon on steroids. I was wrong.
Star Struck is not a theological book. Do not read this and expect Bradstreet to tell you the definitive truth about when God created the heavens and the earth. Do not read this and expect a chapter about how Bradstreet exegetes the first two chapters of Genesis. That is not this book. That is not what he set out to do.
But what Bradstreet did do, what Star Struck is, is something needed in the Christian community just as much as books that answer those questions. He is bridging the gap between science and faith, between astronomy and Christianity, and shows how intertwined they are. The Bible is full of references to the Sun, Moon, and stars. And there is no shame in learning more about them, for in knowing them, we see the hand of a creative God moving in powerful ways.
I was blown away by the number of prominent astronomers, like Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Bradstreet, that were men of faith. The number of NASA astronauts that practiced their faith while looking into the dark firmament, eager to explore God’s creation, astonished me. I had no idea that faith moved so many people to explore, research, and step out into the unknown in curiosity of what God had made.
This is an appetizer book, something to prepare you for more intense, more meaty information. If you have an interest in astronomy or are curious about how interconnected it is with church history, I would recommend starting with Star Struck.
“Science is great as science, but it makes a lousy religion”
– Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno
Being walked through the cosmos with someone as well versed in space as Bradstreet is a delight. The information shared is informative, but not too technical, and leaves you flabbergasted at all that Creator God has made.
I would give Star Struck 4 out of 5 stars.
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