Scholar discusses mystery of Star of Bethlehem

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Submitted: Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:46pm
Updated: Thu, 11/21/2013 - 1:47pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Gospel of Matthew claims a mysterious star appeared at the birth of Jesus.

Tonight at UNCW, a scholar is trying to explain the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem.

“What was the Star of Bethlehem? You hear so much about it, but what was it?” asked event organizer Putt Browning.

Browning is just one of the event organizers bringing the “Star of Bethlehem” discussion to the Port City. He says after seeing a video presentation on the mysterious star, he knew he needed to bring its message closer to home.

“I think a lot of people may view the Christmas story almost has a Hollywood production, and to me it just made it real,” Browning said.

Scholar Rick Larson says he uncovered the truth behind the star and will share his story tonight. He is not your average minister. In fact he’s a Texas law professor who has traveled the world talking about the star that led the Magi to the baby Jesus.

“He presents it as history,” Browning said of Larson’s presentation. “I think to me it just made it real. If I had to have just one word of why we are doing this, it’s real.”

Event organizers say this is more than just a discussion on religion. They say it is something that will change your outlook on the holiday season.

If you would like to check out the mystery surrounding the Star of Bethlehem tonight, the event is free of charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.


  • Bingo says:

    “What is most definitely real is the comfort religion brings to so many of us.” —- Bingo, thats why religion was invented… to comfort the masses. In theory it works, in practice not so much.

  • kephrin kirby says:

    Im so glad someone has brought the subject of comfort in religion. I myself am a non believer but ABSOLUTLEY support anyone who chooses to be one. Life is by no means easy on anyone and we all have to find non-destructive ways to deal with it and get us all through. We all have opinions and they are all equally valuable.

    Respect and tolerance goes a million times farther than trying to prove youre way is the only way.

    Besides, I don’t know of anyone who has ever converted because they lost an argument………..

  • Dr. Walter Bishop, Fringe Division says:

    We live in an age of amazing scientific advancements and we learn something new about the universe every day. What he meant is that despite this, people still choose to cling to their fabricated stone age myths. Religion is a “tasty treat” meant to fill the void when people don’t understand something or are scared of the unknown. Basically, its the easy way out: We don’t understand something so lets pretend some all-knowing, all-powerful being in the sky created it. Science uses observation and experimentation to learn about the universe, religion is the antithesis of learning as it depends on dogma espoused from the church. Religion allows people to throw their hands up and say “Gee, I have no idea why that happens so lets say an omnipotent being is responsible and only he truly knows”.

  • boldizar says:

    More fabrication of facts based on myth. When will humanity come into this century?

  • 10101 says:

    Since the beginnings of civilization, the overwhelming majority of the human race has involved itself in one way or another in the practice of religion.

    Apparently, you’re actually waiting for “inhumanity” to come into this century. That’ll happen when the majority of us humans stop practicing religion.

    If religion is just a fabrication, prove it. You can’t anymore than someone can prove to you that it’s real. What is most definitely real is the comfort religion brings to so many of us. That being the case, why don’t you just stop being so obnoxious and learn to respect and tolerate the beliefs of other human beings.

    Courtesy is always free and usually makes for a great investment in one’s self. Try it sometime.

  • Mu says:

    The Christmas story is so beautiful and magical.

    The scientific reality of the star holds little interest for me. I prefer just the story with all of its beauty and mystery intact. I think I will leave the star as it is in the story and not consider its scientific authenticity.

    I don’t need the scientific proof of a real star guiding the wise men. Magic and mystery appeals to me, and there is so little today.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Since you call what so many believe in mere “fabrication of facts based on myth”. Tell us all YOUR version of where all of this came from? Explain exactly where that first hydrogen atom came from. Explain how the intricacies of the organs of the human body were developed, how and why they work. Explain this delicate balance we live in here on this earth and what part our earth plays in the grand scheme even though it is a microscopic grain of sand compared to the big picture. Explain the wonders of birth, the plight of pain, good and evil, right and wrong, love and hatred.

    I would love to see one of you big-mouthed, non-believing spouters explain one single tiny thing to substantiate who we are, why we are here, how we got here and how we continue to survive. Just give us ONE! Without that, you can’t even think about, “When will humanity come into this century?” Whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean…

  • lps says:

    WWAY3 – appreciate the truth being shared!

  • Vivian says:

    Thank you so much for the coverage on this event! Rick Larson spoke powerfully and revealed God at work through His Word and His Creation!

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