Many members of the Baby Boomer Generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) will remember Christmas Eve, 1968. An estimated television audience of 1 billion, the largest single TV audience in history at that time, listened as James Lovell, Command Module pilot of Apollo 8, Commander Frank Borman, and Lunar Module pilot Bill Anders took turns reciting the first 10 verses of Genesis 1, the account of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, while orbiting the moon. Years earlier in 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had declared, “I flew into space, but I did not see God there.”
Option: If possible, show this video clip of the event.
If you do not see the video, click here to watch on YouTube.
- If you remember that event, how did it affect you at that time? If not, how did it affect you hearing it today? How did that event reflect the prevailing belief of the American people in that day?
Also, access this article for more information about the above event: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/17252-apollo-8-astronaut-recalls-historic-scripture-reading-from-space
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: How did the space race between Russia and the United States during the 1950’s and 1960’s contribute to the growing controversy between creation and the theory of evolution?
We want to hear from you! How are you introducing the topic of God’s Creation with the Boomers in your group?
The options for Boomer groups for the unit “And It Was Good” were written by Michael Stover. Michael is a husband to one and a father of five, with over twenty years of experience in local church ministry. He and his family currently live in Jonesborough, Tennessee where he enjoys writing, computers, hunting, and fishing. You can connect with Michael on Twitter at twitter.com/michaeldstover and read periodic musings on a variety of topics on his blog at michaeldstover.com.