• The Star and the Skeptical Christmas–The Star of Bethlehem

    The holidays are approaching fast, and the first snows are coming over the United States. The ever-expanding day of Christmas will truly be here soon. And all around the world, both preachers and even some scientists will be talking about a perennial subject: the Star of Bethlehem and what it could have been. Since the 1930s, planetaria the globe over have had presentations of what planet or exploding star could have been the famed light that brought wise men from the East to a lowly crib in a tiny town in Judea.

    But can science really explain this celebrated celestial event? Is it something actually miraculous or a literary artifice? How can someone tell? Moreover, why is this a subject that draws both astronomers and theologians to ask these sorts of questions?

    All that and more is considered in The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View. Not only covering all of the major and minor hypotheses to explain the meaning and motions of the Star, including the extraterrestrial, it investigates what was possibly on the mind of the ancient author of the Gospel story and what is in mind for many others that continue to pursue this subject. The Star of Bethlehem was also the subject of a major conference at the University of Groningen, and the major conclusions of SoB: ASV find support by experts in many fields.

    So this holiday, learn about fascinating astronomical science, history, religion, cultures from the Romans to the Persians to the ancient Jews, and also understand a bit more about how science and religion interact through history and today.

    Author: Dr. Aaron Adair is a professor of physics at Merrimack College, where he both teaches and conducts education research, along with continuing investigations of ancient religions and the heavens. He received his PhD from Ohio State University and worked as a planetarium show presenter at Michigan State University. He has previously published on the subject of the Star in Zygon and was an invited speaker to the University of Groningen’s conference on the Star.

    Praise for SoB: ASV:
    “Well researched, scientifically reasoned, elegantly concise, this book will long be required reading on the ‘Star of Bethlehem’. Full of fascinating historical facts, and better informed and more careful than any other book on the subject, this should be on the shelf of everyone interested in that legendary celestial event.” Richard Carrier, Ph.D., author of Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus.

    “A fascinating and readable feat of hardcore historical legwork and keen scientific analysis.” David Fitzgerald, author of The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons.

    “…tightly-argued, well-reasoned…. Adair masterfully demonstrates why every effort to rationalize the Star thus far has failed…. A concise and rigorous must-read for anyone interested in religion, history, and modern efforts to understand the past.” Jason Colavito, author of The Cult of Alien Gods.

    Dr. Aaron Adair, Star of Bethlehem Press Kit

    Category: BookscosmologyFeaturedHistoryJesusSkepticism


    Article by: Aaron Adair

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    • Rollan McCleary

      While all the talking heads get together and the sceptics delight in not knowing the solution, the solution, which I offer anyone to try to disprove the case is so tight, is ignored due to a dismissive scientific/materialistic arrogance and a will to not really know in which “sophisticated” theologians share. For an easy intro to the thesis which should have been published and known long ago as I am a published author, doctor of religious studies and a qualified astrologer, see “The Magi at Era’s End” at http://goo.gl/HEpQRE

      • Travelman

        It’s not up to others to disprove your ideas, it is for you to provide sufficient evidence in support.

        I am suspicious of anyone who lays claim to being a qualified astrologer. It’s sort of an oxymoron. Astrology is pure nonsense.

        • Rollan McCleary

          The evidence is there for people to look at. I have provided much data and many arguments for anyone who cares to follow them up. Numbers of addresses are given from the address for “The Magi at Era’s End”, a simple introduction I don’t reckon, I can’t reckon, to explain it all here. You’re suspicious. I think you must and will remain so. Tippling philosophers are an oxymoron as far as I’m concerned.

          • Th last comment is ad hom and has nothing to do with the last commenter. The blog is called A Tippling Philosopher because I am a founder member of a group, called the TPs, as we meet monthly in a pub to discuss things philosophical.

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