Tableof Contents Lesson 1Introduction Lesson 2What is astronomy? Lesson 3How big is the universe? Lesson 4The origin of the universe Lesson 5Watching the sky Lesson 6Why did God create the heavenly bodies? Lesson 7Space exploration Lesson 8 A Tour of the Solar System Lesson 9A Tour of the Solar System—The Sun and the Moon Lesson 10Stars and galaxies Lesson 11Cosmic Catastrophes Lesson 12Catastrophes in the Solar System Lesson 13Are there other planets in the Solar System? The Astronomy Bookby Dr Jonathan Henry Lesson 4 The origin of the universe Textbook: The Astronomy Book Text: pp. 14-17 Scripture: Psalm 33 (memorize verse 6) Genesis 1 Vocabulary Words Cosmic evolution Big bang Questions: Use the glossary (pp. 77-78) to define the vocabulary words. Discuss the scientific and Biblical problems with accepting cosmic evolution. When did God make moons and planets? Is the ‘Solar System’ mentioned in the Bible? Which aspects of astronomy fall under the realm of ‘operational science’? Which come under ‘origins science’? (See Naturalism, Origin and Operation Science for more information.) Discuss the Biblical and scientific problems with the ‘big bang’ idea. (See ‘What are some problems with the "big bang" theory?’ under Q&A: Astronomy for more information.) Additional information: The Astronomy Book mentions a phenomenon called ‘red shift’ but doesn’t (at this point) discuss it. For more information on ‘red shift’, see these articles: Hubble, hubble, ‘big bang’ in trouble? How is ‘red shift’ explained?