Peace, one and all…
During the holidays, I read Alistair McGrath’s Glimpsing the Face of God. It was sitting on the shelf of the local libary and so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It was an interesting book, though I didn’t enjoy the second half quite as much as the first. The main thrust of the book was about exploring the meaning of life, and how Christianity offers the best account of this meaning. There were some interesting reflections on the meanings that looking to the heavens can suggest.
Looking to the heavens can prompt us to consider origins and meanings. I have often looked at the stars with a sense of awe, at their majesty and haunting beauty. It can, however, also leave us with a sense of despondency, as we consider the isolation and distances involved. This resonates with me in some ways. I can recall being frightened of the sheer vastness of space as a child. It could sometimes feel so very lonely and isolated, for all its undeniable beauty. McGrath discussed both these points very forcefully, though I was less impressed by some of his conclusions.
Insha Allah, as time and enthusiasm permits, I’m going to be posting more pictures of the cosmos, as well as some of my subsequent reflections.