Re: Engaging the power of Internet links

From: Todd S. Greene (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 10:42:13 EDT

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    Hi, Steve.

    I'm not sure what you're referring to, but I'll take a stab at it. I
    don't think the minister was saying don't look at the material, but
    that there was some kind effort at NASA to stop presenting the
    material because it was too 'provoking' of thinking about God. It's
    from a few months ago when a guy by the name of Steve Allison (I
    believe he's a member of a Church Of Christ congregation in Knoxville,
    TN) told me the following:

         Our minister preached a sermon against evolution a few
         months ago. I was surprised to hear him say that NASA had
         recently stopped presenting Hubble Photos on the web
         because it caused too many people to comment about God. I
         can't believe that what he said is true. Seems to me that
         it must be an evangelical urban legend. I checked the
         NASA site afterwards and they were still there. A search
         engine will turn up lots of Hubble-related sites on the
         web. Does anyone know what he was referring to?
         Furthermore, I'm sure that most people at NASA are like
         people anywhere else, a large fraction of them are
         religious. I can't imagine such a decision.

    To which I replied:

         Such a claim is absolutely wrong.

         Go to the Hubble Space Telescope site at:

         Click on "Pictures" (should be third bulleted item). This
         takes you to "Hubble Space Telescope Public Pictures." The
         first bulleted item is "Latest Release" (link address: NASA has
         been adding new HST images with description to this list
         something like an average of about once every 10 days.
         (Notice that the list shows the posting date.)

    Perhaps this is what you are referring to.

    There are so many, many examples like this, that I must completely agree
    with Bob Miller and George Murphy that seminaries is where information
    and discussion targeting efforts should be focused. It is typically
    preachers who are the day-to-day "popular promoters" of such poor
    information related to religion-and-science issues. (Of course, this is
    my opinion based on my personal experience, and is certainly not based
    on any formal study of the situation.)

    Todd S. Greene

    ###### Stephen J. Krogh, 4/2/01 11:37 PM ######
    Hi Todd,

    Was it you that said you had heard from someone that they were told by
    their pastor to not look at Hubble photos? Is that 4th or 5th hand ;-)

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