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The Astronomy Book, Lesson 4

The origin of the universe

by Dr. Jonathan Henry on January 1, 2002
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These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student.

Introduction:

These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student. Parents/teachers will easily find the answers to questions in the text, and should prepare themselves by reading the stated pages prior to having the student read the weekly assignment. If a child is not able to read yet, parents may wish to read the text to the student.

Read:

  • Pages 14–17

Scripture:

  • Psalm 33 (memorize verse 6)
  • Genesis 1

Questions to answer:

  1. Discuss the scientific and Biblical problems with accepting cosmic evolution.
  2. When did God make moons and planets?
  3. Is the “Solar System” mentioned in the Bible?
  4. Which aspects of astronomy fall under the realm of “operational science”? Which come under “origins science”?
  5. Discuss the Biblical and scientific problems with the “big bang” idea. (See “What are some of the problems with the big bang hypothesis?” under Get Answers: Astrophysics for more information.)

Words to know

  • Cosmic evolution
  • Big bang

Additional information:

The Astronomy Book mentions a phenomenon called “red shift” but doesn’t (at this point) discuss it. For more information on “red shift,” see these articles:

How is red-shift explained?

NOTE: Parents/teachers may wish to read these articles and summarize them for younger students.

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