We watched CNN’s program on the Webb Telescope. CNN’s report wanted to know if we were alone in the universe — and you know what, that’s not a bad query to have.

However, one tiny detail from the CNN report hung me up: they photoshopped all the images they received back from the Webb telescope —


Are We Alone is what I want to know!


They did: see the BBC’s explanation.  I should have understood that a few months ago — but I am a recovering English major!

Not that I fully understood the explanation — basically the human eye can’t see all this telescope can detect. (Psalm 115:5-8 )

So a computer enhances  information the telescope gleans with color spectrums. 

It’s not news that so far Webb hasn’t found the fellow travelers so far that StarTrek  did. 

Yes, I watched faithfully in 1966, and loved all its stories —of all kinds of life in the great beyond; that is, all forms of life except God.  

Which is one reason all our the post-StarTrek space probes interest me.  

I’d like “science” to confirm what the Judaeo—Christian faith affirms: there is a God, who is both infinite and personal.  

I wish we could just look up and get answers to our seeming “aloneness.”  And I wish a telescope could clear up the confusion those who follow God generate—especially in these uncertain times; especially in America.*

Maybe that’s why scientists’ photoshopping what they think is light annoyed me. 

“I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” ― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

 *Podcast1776: Post-Christian West —WEIRDER: Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic, Ex-Christian, and Romantic 


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