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The science of any age ultimately rests - though no doubt some theoreticians would argue this point - on a purely pragmatic base. Does the technology work? Does the theory accurately describe real-world observations?
And, from the point of view of a religious individual whose concern is with matters of the spirit: what does any set of empirically-tested facts tell us about God?
In every age, regardless of the level of its knowledge about the universe, God's divine nature and His invisible qualities and power should still be manifest. Not, of course, in the same way in each age since the science of any era deeply influences the cultural perception of that era. But it should be evident nonetheless.
In this uniquely different book, McCleary turns the spotlight on an ancient `science' and follows in the footsteps of the magi. Mathematicians, astronomers and astrologers, based originally in Persia, these were the scientists and scholars of their day. Using the `science' of the first century - astrology - McCleary peers deeply into the `message of the stars' to see what gentile scholars of that age could have known about Christ and His coming.
First pinpointing a likely day and year for the birth of Christ, he then uses more recent techniques involving asteroid positions. Assuming that the naming of asteroids (which has occurred in modern times) in neither random nor coincidental but meaningful and Spirit-inspired, he examines the positions of 440 of them at the time he proposes Christ was born.
As a result he unveils a staggering level of concord with the life of Christ. I cannot comment on any aspect of the astrological analysis. However, assuming that it is fundamentally correct, then the odds of finding such an impressively appropriate set of names, so uncannily echoing the life of Christ as it is portrayed in the Gospels, is indeed astronomical.
I find no problem believing that the modern naming of asteroids partakes of the wider process of Naming which, throughout the Scriptures, was a prophetic act. However, others of a more rationalistic bent might well take exception. Without any way of verifying McCleary's raw data or knowing enough to follow his analysis, the deepest impression left by the book is his monumental survey of the asteroids and what meaning could have been taken from their position at the time of the birth of Christ. With a few controversial exceptions, his reading of what is in the stars is surprisingly orthodox. Virgin birth, resurrection on the third day, ascension into heaven, coming of the Spirit in fire. This is not to say I agree with every one of his interpretations but there is certainly food for thought in it all.
TESTAMENT OF THE MAGI is an extremely unusual and thought-provoking book which convinces me that, in every age--even our own--God speaks through the book of creation as well as the book of His Word. Regardless of the flaws of science or astrology, or our perceptions or views about them, there is always enough to point out the truth about God in them and to leave us, as Paul says in Romans 1:20, `without excuse.'