An anonymous correspondent, fearing for his/her standing in the religious community that is Muncie, Indiana (home of Ball State University) sent me an announcement of events that the BSU planetarium (new home of IDer Guillermo Gonzalez) will be putting on this academic year. Have a gander.
Does one of these events not look like the others?
Hint: it’s this one:
Now I don’t know if Gonzalez had anything to do with this, and I doubt that it’s unconstitutional. After all, it’s merely an inquiry, and the answer of whether there’s a credible natural explanation for the Star of Bethlehem could well be “no.” (Somehow, however, I doubt that this will be the case!) In principle there’s nothing wrong with seeing whether Biblical claims are scientifically credible: after all, that’s how science disproved instantaneous creation, the exodus story, and the story of Adam and Eve. But as far as I know (and I may be wrong), none of the astronomical explanations for the appearance of the SOB have held water.
What’s next: will Ball State’s geology department give a presentation asking if there could be natural explanations for Noah’s Flood? Will the ichthyologists give a presentation about whether it’s possible for a man to be swallowed and then regurgitated by a giant fish?
Really, this is a waste of a good chance to educate people about astronomy.