THE STAR OF CHRIST IN THE LIGHT OF ASTRONOMY

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  • Aaron Adair

    1. Aaron Adair is a graduate student studying physics education in the Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University, Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA; e-mail: adairaar@gmail.com.
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Abstract

Abstract Centuries of both theologians and astronomers have wondered what the Star of Bethlehem (Matt 2:2, 9) actually was, from miracle to planetary conjunction. Here a history of this search is presented, along with the difficulties the various proposals have had. The natural theories of the Star are found to be a recent innovation, and now almost exclusively maintained by scientists rather than theologians. Current problems with various theories are recognized, as well as general problems with the approach. The interactions between the sciences and religion are categorized and explored.

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