Below is a great place to find out about your local astronomy club. If everyone in the world were to learn about astronomy and the vastness of the cosmos, they might be less impressed with the comparatively puny gods of human religion. They may realize that no “Creator” of such an infinite and wondrous cosmos – which many scientists assert most definitely has life elsewhere – would be fascinated by and obsessed with humanity’s religious doctrines and rituals, such as mass prayer multiple times a day, etc. Hence, astronomy will dominate the world, rather than one myopic and megalomaniacal manmade cult or another.

Andromeda Galaxy (Photo: NASA/JPL–Caltech/K. Gordon, University of Arizona)How can one possibly gaze at the Andromeda Galaxy, for example – with its estimated one trillion stars and, according to some astronomers, likely life of some sort – and still be convinced that any of mankind’s personal and petty tribal gods is “the God of the cosmos” omnipotently in charge of everything? And that’s just one of countless stellar landmarks extending out trillions of miles in a multiverse of “bubble universes” that seemingly goes on to infinity! Perhaps “God” is just a tad bigger than what is depicted in archaic “holy texts” written thousands of years ago by human beings with an enormously limited view of reality?

Astronomy classes should be mandatory in all schools globally, so that humanity can progress beyond its Stone-Age barbarian cults and truly move into the “space age.” Along with this astronomical education should be made available wide access to the myths that have accompanied astronomical observations and inspired cultures globally to create massive archaeoastronomically aligned edifices and entire cultures based on reverence for the celestial bodies and natural world. This study is called “astral mythology,” “astromythology,’ “astral religion” or “astrotheology.” In this way, cultural understanding would be fostered, and humanity might stand a chance for peace at last.

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It should be noted that, while this video starts out perfectly fine with the discussion of ancient observations or archaeoastronomy, it becomes Eurocentric at a certain point when it describes the discovery of heliocentricity as having occurred only with Copernicus. From the evidence, especially via myths, it appears that Copernicus’s “discovery” is a re-discovery of knowledge possessed by ancients in other areas, such as India, for one. The same may be said of other astronomical observations, many of which appear to be much older than accounted for through the historical record. Evidence of this contention can be found, again, in the myths and also in the astronomically aligned edifices worldwide that date back several thousands of years.

In fact, this astronomical knowledge is one of the greatest purposes for mythical and religious ideation, dating back thousands of years, as these ideas served to preserve scientific observations whenever cultures were destroyed – and huge numbers of cultures have been destroyed over the past many millennia, leaving no trace other than the myths, stories and legends. These astrotheological myths/stories were often the only way any culture was preserved, and they thus should be scrutinized more thoroughly in any investigation of ancient ruins and other artifacts, as well as for inferences of astronomical knowledge.

(Please note that the title and top image of this post are meant as a tongue-in-cheek parody of the global-domination edict of organized religions such as Christianity and Islam.)

Further Reading

Does the Cosmos Know the Pope Exists?
Astrotheology of the Ancients
What is a Mythicist?
The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar
The Origins of Christianity
The Roots of Islam
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