Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Galaxy’s Glory?

This beautiful picture of the relatively “nearby” galaxy NGC 3521 was featured in a piece by recently.  What strikes me is the title of the interpretation by the writers.

A galaxy's glory
This picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 3521, released Aug. 10, was taken using the FORS1 instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. The large spiral galaxy lies in the constellation of Leo and is only 35 million light-years distant. This picture was created from exposures taken through three different filters that passed blue light, yellow/green light and near-infrared light. These are shown in this picture as blue, green and red, respectively. (ESO / AFP - Getty Images)

I’m ok with media going “neutral” on stuff like this (meaning not mentioning “God” or religion), but come on.  A galaxy’s glory?!  Reminds me of a verse.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator...”  -Romans 1:25

I know they’re not intentionally exchanging a truth for a lie (well maybe some people do), but the lack of proper source acknowledgement (ironic coming from a reputable media outlet) is sad.  Perhaps I’m nit-picking, but you can’t help but see the ironic misdirection here right?

“When you wish upon a star, you’d better hope you know who stars those are.”  -Scaterd Few

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