Lutheran Curriculum in the Light of Christ and Psalm 8 (Part 2)

Psalm 8 continues to serve as inspiration for a discussion on curriculum.

Astronomy

Psalm 8:3,4- “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

It’s fun to make shoe box displays of the constellations. It’s a challenge to make a (somewhat) scaled model of our solar system. But digging in deeper, consider the precision of the related orbits (lunar and planets) within the Milky Way.

While we love to dip our toes in the oceans, isn’t it marvelous also to consider the rhythms of tides? And what about the consistent rhythm of seasons and how changes can be expected? Teaching these in the context of an omnipotent Creator is greatly emphasized when we consider how unimaginably large our universe is; we even use an incomprehensible unit of measurement to describe distance (light year).

Just as God uses his terrestrial beings to bring us to awe and hope, so we are reminded of how he also used stars in demonstrating his fulfilled promise to Abram and and in leading a crew of Gentile Magi to Christ.

The universe is not a need for conjecture and made up theories. We know our Creator and digging into what science KNOWS about our world only supports the attributes of God- omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience.

“He’s got the whole world in his hands” but he created it with a word.