Couldn’t help but be fascinated by this story on Wired about Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Malaysian astronaut who is soon to go up on ISS and needs to solve riddles of how to properly pray when the qibla (the direction in which a Muslim prays towards Mecca) changes constantly.
I wish Shukor the best of luck on his mission and admire his dedication to his faith. Still, I can’t help but be reminded of that quote by Carl Sagan where he says the following –
“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed”? Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way. A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.“