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May 29, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Six

Cervical_coloumn.png X-ray of cervical column (neck). Image by Wim_b

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.

- Genesis 1: 24-31

SEM_blood_cells.jpg A scanning electron microscope image of normal human blood. Photo by Bruce Wetzel, courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

lungtrachea2a.jpg Scanning electron microscope image of a mammal's lung. Image by Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility

May 28, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Five


An eye of an Eagle Owl. Photo by Woodwalker.

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.
- Genesis 1:20-23


May 27, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Four

Sun_in_X-Ray.png The sun. Image by NASA Goddard Laboratory for Atmospheres.

And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day.
- Genesis 1:14-19

hs-2003-19-i-large_web.jpg Photo by NASA and H. Richer (University of British Columbia).

Creation Through the Lens, Day Three, Part Two

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). Source and public domain notice at Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.
Genesis 1: 11-13

May 26, 2009

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The Andes
Image taken 10/28/2001 by ASTER

Vivid colors belie the arid landscape of northern Chile where the Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest, meets the foothills of the Andes. Here salt pans and gorges choked with mineral-streaked sediments give way to white-capped volcanoes.
Image taken 5/17/2001 by ASTER

Meandering wadis combine to form dense, branching networks across the stark, arid landscape of southeastern Jordan. The Arabic word "wadi" means a gully or streambed that typically remains dry except after drenching, seasonal rains.

Lena Delta
Image taken 7/27/2000

The Lena River, some 2,800 miles (4,400 km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding grounds for many species of Siberian wildlife.
Lake Disappointment
Image taken 12/31/2000 by ASTER

Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. An early explorer supposedly named the lake in 1897 after following a number of creeks that he thought would lead to a large lake; they did, but the lake's extremely salty water was not drinkable.

And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
- Genesis 1:9-10

May 25, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Two
Image ID: expl0405, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Beaufort Sea, North of Point Barrow, Alaska
Photographer: Katrin Iken
Credit: Hidden Ocean 2005 Expedition: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.
Icefall, Lambert Glacier, Antarctica
Image taken 12/2/2000

The Lambert Glacier in Antarctica, is the world's largest glacier. The focal point of this image is an icefall that feeds into the Lambert glacier from the vast ice sheet covering the polar plateau. Ice flows like water, albeit much more slowly. Cracks can be seen in this icefall as it bends and twists on its slow-motion descent 1300 feet (400 meters) to the glacier below.

This Icefall can be found on Landsat 7 WRS Path 42 Row 133/134/135, center: -70.92, 69.15.

Von Karman Vortices
Image taken 7/4/2002 by Landsat 7

As air flows over and around objects in its path, spiraling eddies, known as Von Karman vortices, may form. The vortices in this image were created when prevailing winds sweeping east across the northern Pacific Ocean encountered Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

This image can be found on Landsat 7 Path 79 Row 23-24, center: 53.1 N, 170.4 W.

Whirlpool in the Air
Image taken 5/14/2001

This image shows a spinning formation of ice, clouds, and low-lying fog off the eastern coast of Greenland.

This Whirlpool can be found on Landsat 7 WRS Path 232 Row 16, center: 62.86, -40.89.

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning - the second day.
Genesis 1:6-8

May 24, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day One

2hs-2009-05-a-print.jpg A planetary nebula designated NGC 2818, photographed by the Hubble Telescope. By NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.

- Genesis 1:1 - 5

May 18, 2009

Hymns at Speakers' Corner


A couple singing hymns at Speakers' Corner in London. Photo by Matthias Gieselmann.

"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God."
- Acts 20:25-27

h/t Matt Blair at Life With A Bible

Moon: Light for the Blind


From William Moon's book Light for the Blind, London: Longmans & Co., 1877.

"God gave me blindness as a talent to be used for His glory. Without blindness I should never have been able to see the needs of the blind."
- William Moon

William Moon lost his sight to illness in 1839, when he was 21. In 1845, he developed an embossed alphabet for his blind students. Omniglot says Moon was "soon swamped with requests for parts of Bible. " Moon type still has some readers today.

Moon-prayer.jpg "Our Father, which art in heaven" written in twelve languages in Moon type.

May 15, 2009

Virtual Catacombs

Abb.3.jpg Scans of chambers in the Catacombs of Domitilla have been color-coded to show specific tombs. Photo by N. Zimmermann / OEAW.

The Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome's largest, extend over 9 miles. The network of tombs still contains bones, as well as frescoes that range from pagan to 4th-century Christian. Tourists have been able to see about a mile of the catacombs, but not quite like this: An team led by Norbert Zimmermann has been making a virtual 3-D model of the tomb over the last three years. "When the process is finished," reports the BBC, "it looks like an actual film of the particular room in question."

Paintings on walls, which have not been seen in nearly 2,000 years, are now visible - their colors vivid and clear.

"It is not a virtual image, it is not animation - what you are seeing is real data," says Mr Zimmerman.

I ask him why he did not just video the whole thing.

"Well, you could have filmed each room. But that would not have given you the ability to 'travel' through the catacomb in a way that the scanned images allow," he says.

"Its moving, 3D flexibility, gives you the chance to compare areas, to assess the ways the Catacombs were developed over time, to analyze how and why those who built them did what they did," he adds. "That's never been possible before."

The team plans to finish documenting the sections with paintings in 2009.

Abb.1.JPG The laser scanner in action. This tomb has a painting of the deceased, Veneranda, being led into a paradise garden by Santa Petronilla. The researchers put the camera in nine positions in order to complete the scan of this tomb. Photo by N. Zimmermann / OEAW.

Abb.12.jpg A completed scan of a tomb named the "Chamber of King David." The researchers combine high-resolution photos and the black-and-white data from the laser scan. Photo by N. Zimmermann / OEAW.

Abb.9.jpg An overhead view of the catacombs the research team had scanned by the end of 2007. Photo by N. Zimmermann / OEAW.

May 13, 2009

Jesus Boat, Unearthed

boat-with-foam2.jpg 1st Century Galilee Boat, photos courtesy of Yigal-Alon Museum.

During an especially bad drought in 1986, the sea of Galilee receded from the property of Kibbutz Ginosar and exposed a boat. Yuval and Moshele Lofan, fishermen, discovered it and called in the archaeologists. The boat began to disintegrate as soon as it was exposed, so a team worked for 11 days to extract it from the mud without destroying it.

Most estimates say the boat is from about BC 50 to AD 50. It probably is quite similar to the type of boat Jesus and his disciples would have used during his ministry in Galilee.

The boat's discover seemed to be a spiritual sign to many. The Yigal-Alon Museum website says that at the time the boat was discovered, "A brilliant double rainbow crowned the skies over the Galilee. Extremely rare, many thought these rainbows and other simultaneous unexplainable events were signs from God."

In fact, one of the brothers who discovered it soon became a Christian.

Imago Fidei featured another photo of the boat during Lent. More after the jump.

Neues%20Museum2.JPG The boat's twelve types of wood have been preserved through a chemical process, so that it can be displayed. It's about 27 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 3.9 feet deep. Photo courtesy of Yigal-Alon Museum.

full-scale-model-c-hlp.jpg A full-scale model of the boat. Photo courtesy of Yigal-Alon Museum.

May 11, 2009

Infographic: The History of Martyrdom


The number of Christians killed for their faith has been growing since the beginning of Christianity, in AD 33. ©2001 World Christian Trends, William Carey Library, David Barrett & Todd Johnson

The exact numbers are listed after the jump.

May 8, 2009

Greetings from Peter

The beginning of I Peter, from a 1407 AD Latin Bible on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- I Peter 1:3-9

May 7, 2009

National Day of Prayer

3510105557_a40538a4bf_b.jpg Congress amended a law so that each year, the President issues a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer." Today, President Barack Obama signed the proclamation marking the National Day of Prayer in the Oval Office. Joshua DuBois, Director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, looks on. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

May 5, 2009

Mini-Temple: Herod's complex, scaled-down

temple-man-wide_1355298i.jpg © Geoff Robinson Photography

Alec Garrard has been working on a 1:100-scale model of Herod's Temple since he was 48. That was 30 years ago. He told The Telegraph his wife "wishes she'd married a normal person." Garrard has re-created not only the building but several scenes from the Bible with little plaster figures he made. "I'd seen one or two examples of it in Biblical exhibitions, but I thought they were rubbish and I knew I could do better," he said. The Daily Mail says, "Historical experts believe the model, which has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the globe, is the best representation in the world of what the Jewish temple actually looked like."

Herod expanded the Jewish Temple in about 17 B.C., so it would have been quite new in Jesus' day. Romans marveled at the giant complex, partially because there was not a single sculpture in it. They destroyed in 70 A.D., during the siege of Jerusalem. More photos after the jump.

lamp-lighter_1355288i.jpg © Geoff Robinson Photography

royal-porch_1355291i.jpg © Geoff Robinson Photography

temple-man_1355296i.jpg © Geoff Robinson Photography

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May 4, 2009

Egypt's Christians Clash with Police Over Pigs

ptsphotoshot175586-B950-134648-0078.jpg Photo by Nasser Nouri (hdt).
Cairo, May 3, 2009. Egyptian Christian youths throw rocks at police in al-Mukatam neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt. On Sunday a few hundred poor farmers scuffled with police and health ministry workers trying to take away and slaughter their herds. Associated Press says almost 250,000 poor Christians make their living from garbage collecting and raising pigs in city slums.
At first, Egyptian authorities ordered the swine culled to prevent H1N1 virus, although Egypt has had no cases of the flu and the WHO said it would do no good to kill the animals. Now, the government is saying the slaughter will improve hygenic conditions. Many Christians feel targeted for their religion.

May 1, 2009

Off-Duty Megachurches

Desk.jpg Desk. Fort Wayne, IN. 2007 © Joe Johnson. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas.

Joe Johnson says on Michael Paulson's Articles of Faith blog, "With the Mega Church project, an interesting point of tension lies in a secular treatment of contemporary religious practice within Mega Churches. . . .This body of work attempts to reveal the mechanics of creating faith by capturing the wires, computers, light bulbs, and cords that are used to construct mysteries on stage for the faithful. The rawness of the abandoned mega-space and the eerie familiarity of its commercial fixtures question the intention and business of faith in the 21st century."


Seating. Temperance, MI. 2006. © Joe Johnson. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas.

Stage-For-Childrens-Ministr.jpg Stage Set. (Children's sermons) Munster, IN. 2008 © Joe Johnson. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas.

More images are available on the photographer's and the gallery's websites.


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