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Children Still Wonder about the Stars

Posted on October 18th, 2015.

In his inquiry into first causes, Aristotle postulates that, "All men by nature desire to know." Most people agree with him, but the question remains what do people desire to know? Aristotle continues saying, "For it was owing to wonder that men began to philosophize at first. . . being utterly puzzled by the greater questions ---- the changes of the moon, for instance, and those which affect the sun and the stars ---- and the creation of the universe."

Clearly, Copernicus was not the first person to wonder about the sun, and Darwin was not the first person to wonder about the creation of the universe. Neither are they the last.

Do we not join them in our wonder? Do we not wonder how long the stars have been in existence? Do we not long to number the stars and know for sure how many exist?

When I gaze at a starry night, the constellations aren't all I see. When I look at the stars, I'm reminded of God's promise to Abraham, that his descendants would be as numerous. I'd like to think that there's a star out there with my name on it. For, in Christ, I am a descendant of Abraham, and all of God's promises are for me.

All men by nature desire to know. But how do we know what we know? Aristotle says we can trust our senses. Francis Bacon developed a method to determine the truth. Others say our personal experience and feelings define reality. None of these I deny, but these epistemic branches fall under the lordship of the light that gives light to every man, the reason for living, the logos, the person of Jesus Christ.

Why Christian education? Why is Church Creek's main ministry the Charleston Christian School? Because Aristotle's senses led him to believe in a prime mover, but failed to lead him to the God of Abraham. Because Francis Bacon's method severed faith from reason. Because children still wonder about the stars, and first causes, and where they fit in this world. Because we are still puzzled by questions, and natural revelation alone isn't enough to address the questions we ponder.