From the Moon to Jerusalem

Given my interest in religion and science (I’m even teaching my class on the subject this semester) this quote which Menachem Mendel shared, and which apparently comes from Thomas Friedman’s book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, p.429, seemed worth sharing.


I’ve only been to one of the two – like most human beings, I’ve never been off the Earth – and so I can’t compare. But with Neil Armstrong’s passing, and my recent second visit to Jerusalem, and my interest in religion and science, I thought I would share this, and see what thoughts readers had about it.

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  • Keika

    I’ve met three moon walkers and it isn’t public knowledge but there are little packets of family mementos left on the moon by the astronauts. Though the kids couldn’t be with their fathers, they are represented there on the moon. I wonder if Jesus has placed his foot in Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon?

  • Pär Stenberg

    I felt the same way when I was in Ephesus. Walking where Paul had walked and seeing the same mountains as he has, wins over walking on the moon anyday.

  • Guest

    I’m surprised. According to Wikipedia (and if it’s there, it *must* be true), Armstrong considered himself a Deist:

    “In the late 1950s, Armstrong applied at a local Methodist church to lead a Boy Scout troop. When asked for his religious affiliation, he labeled himself as a Deist.”

    Though I don’t think you have to be a devout Christian to get a thrill from such a visit. I’m an agnostic with atheist leanings, but as an aspiring historian, I would find it absolutely fascinating. I’m envious of those who have had the privilege to visit one or both.