A Womb With a View

A Womb With a View
March 15, 2011

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Hubbling Experience

I got into a blogging debate recently over the release of some new Hubble Telescope photographs. I had the audacity to suggest that, for me, it was unimaginable that anyone could view these photos and not believe in God. I consider the Hubble to be one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century because it gives us a view of our universe beyond anything we could imagine. The startling clarity and detail of these pictures of objects that are billions of light years away is amazing. Some of these photos reveal distant glittering objects that are not stars, but galaxies that look like stars because they are so far away. These objects are so far away, many of them may not even exist anymore but we still see them because their light is still travelling to Earth.
In ancient times, our forebears thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that the stars were light fixtures fastened onto a huge glass dome that rotated above our sky. Now that we know better, we get a greater sense of just how small and perhaps insignificant we seem with respect to the universe as a whole. It reminds me of the Dr. Suess  tale, Horton Hears a Who, in which Horton discovers a tiny little civilization on a tiny speck of dust, but nobody believes him that it exists. This book has been embraced by folks in the pro-life movement because of its anthem...a person's a person no matter how small.
No matter how immense we discover this universe to be, it only serves to emphasize, in my view, how important the individual is, being a part of something so vast and being able to observe and contemplate it from our tiny little speck. And if we ever learn to respect life on this speck, we may actually survive to one day explore and expand our civilization to other specks throughout our galaxy and beyond. Elwood, the womb's resident little genius, is my idea of what a scientist should be...a person who stands in awe of God's creation as he seeks to better understand it.

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