“If we study astronomy, we study the works of God.”

“If we study astronomy, we study the works of God.” October 3, 2019

 

A fiery galaxy, somewhere.
The cosmos is a remarkable place. (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

 

I thought that this was a stimulating read:

 

“Bad Psychology: Why Climate Change Won’t Be Solved by Better Decisions at the Supermarket”

 

But I liked this one even more:

 

“Here’s Your Non-Hysterical Guide To The Science Required To Address Climate Change: If climate alarmists would stop with their apocalyptic predictions, we could do a lot to mitigate the changing climate and solve our energy problems.”

 

I would personally like it a whole lot better — and I’m positive that we would all be much better served — if discussions about climate change were conducted in a calm and lucid manner rather than with hyperemotional partisanship.

 

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In other science news:

 

“Organic compounds have been found on Saturn’s moon Enceladus”

 

“NASA discovered a black spot on Jupiter 2,200 miles long”

 

“A new image reveals the structure of the cosmic web: Researchers have mapped light emitted by tendrils of gas that are strung between galaxies”

 

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The study of science is the study of something eternal. If we study astronomy, we study the works of God. If we study chemistry, geology, optics, or any other branch of science, every new truth we come to the understanding of is eternal; it is a part of the great system of universal truth. It is truth that exists throughout universal nature; and God is the dispenser of all truth.

[Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, 7:157 (12 February 1860)]

 

How gladly would we understand every principle pertaining to science and art, and become thoroughly acquainted with every intricate operation of nature, and with all the chemical changes that are constantly going on around us! How delightful this would be, and what a boundless field of truth and power is open for us to explore!

[Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 9:168 (26 January 1862)]

 

Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind, has been given by direct revelation from God, though but few acknowledge it. It has been given with a view to prepare the way for the ultimate triumph of truth, and the redemption of the earth from the power of sin and Satan. We should take advantage of all these great discoveries, the accumulated wisdom of ages, and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work.

[Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 9:369 (31 Aug 1862)]

 

Yet I will say with regard to miracles, there is no such thing save to the ignorant–that is, there never was a result wrought out by God or by any of His creatures without there being a cause for it. There may be results, the causes of which we do not see or understand, and what we call miracles are no more than this — they are the results or effects of causes hidden from our understandings.

[Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:140-141 (11 July 1869)]

 

 


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