Thursday, December 18, 2008


A site I visit almost every day is Ask An Astrobiologist, in which a top NASA scientist fields questions of all persuasions -- many of them quite loopy. Today's question was whether the Apollo astronauts really landed on the moon. Dr. David Morrison begins his response by saying,

"Of course we went to the Moon! A dozen Apollo astronauts landed there between 1969 and 1973, and most to them are still alive to tell us about the experience."

It struck me that St. Paul uses similar reasoning concerning another extraordinary story that some in the mid-first century had trouble believing:

"Christ... was buried and three days later he was raised to life, as the Scriptures say. Christ appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After this, he appeared to more than five hundred other followers. Most of them are still alive, but some have died."

--First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 4 - 6
from the Contemporary English Version

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