Re: [asa] Star of Bethlehem presentation?

From: John Walley <>
Date: Fri Nov 20 2009 - 19:53:03 EST

Although not from a scientist's perspective, I looked into this a few years ago when he came to my church here. I think he is on to something. I was heavily in to RTB at the time and they have a competing theory but I still found his much more plausible. I think the weakness of his that most people seize on is that he dates the advent of the star (a planetary conjunction if I recall) a few years earlier than 4BC which is when it is supposed to be and I don't recall how he deals with that, but the rest of his presentation is very convincing. It relies heavily on assumptions of the astronomical and astrological knowledge and accepted understandings of the day but as most of here are non-literalists, that shouldn't be that much of an objection. I would definitely recommend you go and check it out. I think you will be impressed. A quick perusal of his site ahead of time would be wrothwhile as well. John ________________________________ From: Allan Harvey <> To: Sent: Fri, November 20, 2009 7:42:11 PM Subject: [asa] Star of Bethlehem presentation? So is anybody here (particularly any astronomers) familiar with a guy named Rick Larson who has a supposedly scientific inspirational DVD presentation about the Star of Bethlehem.  This appears to be his website:   It will be shown (as an Adult Ed offering) at my church soon.  Good, harmless, or something to steer people away from?   Allan Harvey, ASA Member

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