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Solar Eclipse: Random Happenstance or a Divine Sign?

Solar Eclipse: Random Happenstance or a Divine Sign? Read Transcript

Monday's total solar eclipse is really

going to be something special to see.

But this heavenly wonder gives us

a chance to ponder whether it shows

us there's more to this universe than meets the eye.

Here's Paul Strand.


Many folks believe only in what they can see.

And since they can't see God from their observatories,

they doubt he exists.

But others watch an amazing phenomenon

that occurs over Earth occasionally,

a total solar eclipse like we'll see August 21st,

and doubt such a thing can happen just by accident.

Astronomer and minister Hugh Ross

of the group Reasons to Believe finds the fit

of Earth's little moon over the humongous sun

during a total eclipse too exact to be mere serendipity.

He sees the designing hand of God.

The sun is 400 times farther away from us than the moon,

but the sun is 400 times bigger.

So that's why you get a perfect solar eclipse.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): On the other side,

though, is astronomer Dr. Bethany Cobb

Kung of Washington, DC's, George Washington University.

It's a big universe, and there are a lot of coincidences.

So I think it's just a random happenstance.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): Still both the believer

and the doubter are in awe of the coming eclipse

and what they'll see.

It's going to be a spectacular event.

And yeah, we've got a group of about 140 people going

with us to the desert of Oregon to view that eclipse.

It is a pretty astounding thing

that everything lines up just right for us

to have this experience.

We're going to try to get our telescopes up

on top of the hill where people will

be able to watch the shadow of the sun race towards us

at about 800 miles an hour.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): The zone across America

that will see the moon 100% block

the sun is only about 100 kilometers wide,

but no one should despair.

If you're not in that path of totality,

there's still going to be a partial solar eclipse

throughout the entire US.

So here in Washington, DC, for example, the sun's

going to be about 80% blocked.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): Kung's planning

to set up her telescope outside on the George Washington

University campus.

And just grab anybody who happens to be walking by

and say, hey, you want to see a solar eclipse?


warning everyone they have to wear special eclipse glasses.

The sun is so bright that you can really damage your eye.

You can literally burn your retina if you look at the sun

without any protection.

And it's so bright that you need to block 99.99% of the light

in order to look at it safely.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): Pastor Ross, meanwhile,

ponders just how many examples of divine, precise fine tuning

he sees from the moon to the farthest reaches of the Milky

Way, like the fact that the mass and placement of our moon,

and all planets, comets, and asteroids of this solar system

have to be exactly like they are.

The entire solar system has been highly fine-tuned to make

possible the existence of advanced life here.

PAUL STRAND (VOICEOVER): The California-based astronomer

points out it's like that for the entire Milky Way.

Reasons to Believe has calculated the probability--

854 features across the galaxy could be so exactly fine-tuned.

Without the supernatural intervention of the creator God

of the Bible to make advanced life possible here on planet

Earth, and that probability, we calculate,

must be much less than one chance in 10 to the 1,050th


That's a little hard to visualize.

But it'd be like someone winning a big old California lottery

150 times in a row when they've only

bought one ticket each time.

Makes it a little hard to believe there's no fine-tuning

designer behind all this.

Paul Strand, CBN News, reporting from Herndon, Virginia.


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