first theo & film assignment - Noor Muzammal Theology Film 3265 Dr Habibeh Rahim The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us Ralph Waldo

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Noor Muzammal September 21, 2016 Theology & Film- 3265 Dr. Habibeh Rahim “The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Noor Muzammal
September 21, 2016 Theology & Film- 3265 Dr. Habibeh Rahim Short Story by Arthur C. Clarke The Star "The Star" is a science fiction short story by the English writer Arthur C. Clarke. The story is about a group of space explorers from Earth that return from an expedition to a remote star system. Here, they discovered the remnants of an advanced civilization that was destroyed when its star went supernova. The group's chief astrophysicist, a Jesuit priest, suffers from a deep crisis of faith that is triggered by some undisclosed event during the journey. The destroyed planet's culture was very similar to Earth's. Recognizing several generations in advance that their star would soon explode, and with no means of interstellar travel to save themselves, the doomed people spent their final years building a vault on the outermost planet in their solar system, whose Pluto-like orbit was distant enough to survive the supernova. In the vault, they placed a complete record of their history, culture, achievements, and philosophy, hoping that it would someday be found so that their existence would not have been in vain. The Earth explorers, particularly the astrophysicist-priest, were deeply moved by these artifacts, and they found themselves identifying closely with the dead race's peaceful, human-like culture and the profound grace they exhibited in the face of their cruel fate. The final paragraph of "The Star" reveals the deepest root of the priest's pain. Figuring out the exact year of the long-ago supernova and the star system's distance from Earth, the priest calculated the date the emitted light from the explosion reached Earth, proving that the cataclysm that destroyed the peaceful planet was the
same star that heralded the birth of Jesus. The scientist's faith is shaken because of the apparent

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