How great is the sun?

by Kevin Birnbaum

Seriously, how great is the sun?

It wasn’t until the 20th century that scientists understood that the sun generates its light and heat through nuclear fusion, converting over four million tons of itself into energy every second.

As a cosmologist once pointed out to me, this fact adds depth to the tradition of seeing the sun as symbolic of Christ. Like the Son of God, the sun sacrifices itself for the life of the world.

Image by NASA/SDO (AIA).