Hubble Space Telescope website

I was out recreating in cyberspace the other day, just randomly surfing around, when I stumbled across some images of galaxies and such. They led me to information about the Hubble Space Telescope telescope and a  URL called HubbleSite (operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute), where you can download some amazing pictures for free. Very cool!

Because of my Anarcho-Christian1 (which is manifestly defensible2 Biblically) "world view"3 which more closely identifies with the deist beliefs of America's Founders and Early Christianity — prior to both so-called Pauline Christianity and the so-called "Constantian Shift" (the era when Christianity and the will of God gradually came to be identified with the state and its police power) — than it does to modern 26 USC 501(c)(3)4 statist "Christianity", I always find it wonderfully comforting to look at, and think about, things which remind me that human beings and their inherently evil and inevitably corrupting established deception-based social-hierarchy orders are neither the most important nor the most powerful things in the universe.

Hubble has been around for almost twenty years now, but the websites and free digital photos were new to me. In case they are new to you also, I thought I'd blog about it.

A Brief History of the Hubble Space Telescope can be found at the NASA History Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration website.

I found a very colorful collage of space photos which I thought would make a great design for a flashy necktie! I resized the image so it would fit this page for your viewing pleasure.

Have fun surfing!

FOOTNOTES:

1. I absolutely LOVE the logic in Jacques Ellul's statement in his book "Anarchy and Christianity": "Anarchists need to understand that much of their criticism of Christianity applies only to the form of religion that developed, not to biblical faith. Christians, on the other hand, need to look at the biblical texts and not reject anarchy as a political option, for it seems closest to biblical thinking." This website is dedicated to connecting all the information dots which make the philosophical and factual groundwork for Ellul's statement crystal clear.

When I look at the amazing phenomena of the universe around me, I see order. I see Intelligent Design (ID), not a mere random conglomeration of molecules (RCOM). During such times of introspection, I am reminded of the ancient Judaic traditions of the Torah —  "The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God" (Ps 53:1), and "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork" (Ps 19:1, Ro 1:20) — and I say to myself, "King David and the prophets were right!"

2. See Kevin Craig's M.A. thesis at Simon Greenleaf: "A Calvinist Defense of Anarcho-Capitalism".

3. "World view" = how you think the universe around us in fact actually functions. You know, petty, inconsequential stuff like Gravity, E = mc2, the Pythagorean theorem, Newton's laws of motion, Charles Law, Boyle's Law, the law of conservation of energy, etc., etc. Surely electrons must whirl around protons purely out of random chance, right? Yeh, right! I never understood all the hassle about so-called "evolution" for a couple of reasons, 1) Many of history's brightest scientific minds, including Albert Einstein, believed in Intelligent Design, 2) Charles Darwin believed in Intelligent Design until suffering the agony of losing his daughter, Annie, and even after that never expressed any certainty favoring atheism,  and 3) simple logic dictates that an omnipotent Creator could make a universe by any method s/he pleased, all at once, all by slower process of "evolution", or any combination of the two. Talk about wasting hot air on pseudo-intellectual arguments — give me a break!

4. Organizations with this classification are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to influence elections to public office. (It seems as though then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson didn't like a couple of local preachers preaching against him at election time!)

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