Reading Time: 6 minutes The most unexplainable part of the Star of Bethlehem story (found only in Matthew) is it moving like a firefly to lead the magi to the baby Jesus
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Jupiter, Venus, Regulus, and Revelation: the fireworks of a real Star of Bethlehem?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Let’s dig deeper into the claims that magi came to Bethlehem after seeing the king planet crown the king star and get very close to the Mother Planet, and after reading a biblical prophecy.
Can the Star of Bethlehem be scientifically verified?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Can we find astronomical evidence for the Star of Bethlehem? A popular video says we can.
Dr Aaron Adair Interviewed: Miracles, the Star of Bethlehem & More
Reading Time: < 1 minute Dr Aaron Adair is great. He’s a great scholar and good to interview. I really enjoyed this one, and it also made me realise (having written a book on the topic of the Nativity, and edited a book on the Star of Bethlehem) how the Star of Bethlehem is crucial to the whole Matthean infancy […]
The science of the stars, from Bethlehem and beyond
Reading Time: 3 minutes Once again, the Christmas holiday has come. Just days before December 25th, the northern hemisphere experienced the shortest day of the year; conversely, the south had it longest. Just one of those things that happens when you have a ball careening around a sustained nuclear furnace at 30 kilometers a second with a small angular […]
“Who do you say I am?” Bad Commentary Research on the SoB
Reading Time: 10 minutes In my previous post [also here] on a recent attempt at defending an astronomical Star of Bethlehem, I highlighted a number of issues with the writing of Dave Armstrong. In the time between writing that blog and now, Dave has made several more posts, along with comment exchanges. As I highlighted in my old post, Dave failed […]
Taking on that SOB in Catholic News
Reading Time: 9 minutes It’s been a long time since I posted here at ATP. Every holiday season there will be articles repeating the theories of what the Star of Bethlehem really was. Or could have been. It definitely was real, and it could have been any of a dozen things. Or so the articles go on, and each year it’s […]
A Christmas Comet and Mythical Merriness with the Star of Bethlehem
Reading Time: 3 minutes ‘Tis the season yet again, and snow has finally begun to fall in New England. The holidays are upon us, and the skies have been filled with celestial wonders. Last week the Geminid meteor shower came, with meteors appearing out of the constellation of the twins about once a minute. Just the other night we […]
Frank Tipler on the Star of Bethlehem…Refuted
Reading Time: 16 minutes Aaron Adair, who in the past has contributed widely to ATP, a few years ago wrote the “go-to book” about the Star of Bethlehem, looking critically at the phenomenon. The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View really is a very good book. Aaron, together with myself, has recently decided to produce a second, updated edition of the […]
Critique of “The Star of Bethlehem” Video (2 of 3)
Reading Time: 5 minutes A popular video lays out an interesting case for the star of Bethlehem being a series of real astronomical events, but it’s time for some tough love (2 of 3).