James Webb Space Telescope: Faith Perspectives

James Webb Space Telescope: Faith Perspectives July 18, 2022

The James Webb Telescope captures the imagination of the world. As images roll in from the largest optical telescope in space, scientists and theologians alike look for signs from the heavens.

NASA has plans for the telescope to “study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.”

Here’s a sampling of what faith thought leaders are writing and saying about the James Webb Telescope.

  • Latter-Day Saint writer Dan Peterson: “Looking at these incomprehensibly grand vistas, I’m reminded for some reason of a comment from Brigham Young. He told the Saints that, even with revelation, knowledge, and understanding come slowly — and that none of the revelations that we’ve received has revealed everything about a subject:” Read more
  • Christian writer Melinda McCredie: “Christians know that God created heaven and earth. Many years of scientific discoveries are yet to prove our faith wrong.” Read more
  • Evangelical writer Jim Denison: “The more we learn about a work of art, the more we learn about the artist. The better we understand a musical composition, the better we understand and can appreciate the composer.” Read more
  • Arizona Republic columnist Phil Boas asks: “Is that God’s face in the cosmos?” Read more
  • Progressive Christian writer Vance Morgan: “How is it that two people of good faith, looking at and considering the very same new data, can conclude that the new data confirms “long-held convictions” that happen to be entirely contradictory?” Read more




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