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Today's Creation Moment

Sep
02
One Smelly Amoeba
Job 9:25-26
"Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey."
Not all dangerous predators can be seen. One of the most dangerous predators in a drop of pond water is Amoeba proteus. This amoeba literally terrorizes its one celled pond mates because they can...
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“It Still Moves”

Genesis 1:16
“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

One doesn’t have to study the history of science very long before one learns of the Roman Catholic Church’s persecution of Galileo when he publicly declared that the Earth revolves about the sun. However, the Church of that day was not as ignorant as we have been led to believe. In fact, many churches of Rome in Galileo’s day had long had their own astronomical observatories.

it still movesOn the practical side, the Church of Rome had a great need to keep its liturgical calendar accurate, since many important church festivals, like Easter, depend on the phases of the moon. It is not generally known that the circular pavement in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is actually the largest sundial in the world. The church of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs has an intricate brass sundial 144 feet long that tells both the date and the time. The roof of St. Ignatius in Rome houses the observatory where Angelo Secchi, the father of astrophysics, discovered a dark spot on Mars called Syrtis Major. Galileo’s final words of protest when placed under house arrest – “and it still moves” – are inscribed on the sundial at Collegio Romano where the Pope asked his astronomers to confirm Galileo’s conclusions.

Despite some errors in judgment, which are common to man, Christians have always valued accurate knowledge about God’s creation.

Prayer: 
Father, I thank You for the gifts which You have given us through our growing knowledge of Your creation. Amen.
Notes: 
Discover, 3/05, p. 79, Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan, “Heavenly Astronomy.”