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Modern Day Inquisition

A popular indictment of the Church today is that religion is a hindrance to scientific discovery. The 370 year old evidence cited by those opposed to anything that references a Creator is that of Galileo Galilei.  Galileo is considered the father of modern astronomy, modern physics and modern science.  Theoretical Physicist, Stephen Hawking says, “Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science.”  Galileo is most remembered for his improvements to the telescope and his astronomical observations.  He is also remembered for his conflict with the Catholic Church when he began advocating that the sun was stationary and at the center of the universe. This was opposed to the teachings of the day that the earth was the center of the universe.

Although he was cleared of any offense at that time, the Catholic Church condemned heliocentrism, the theory that the sun was at the center of the universe, as “false and contrary to Scripture” in February 1616 and Galileo was warned to abandon his support for it—which he promised to do. When he later defended his views in his most famous work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1632, he was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy,” forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

A contemporary of Galileo was Johannes Kepler.  In a student disputation as a seminary student in a Protestant university, Kepler defended heliocentrism from both a theoretical and theological perspective. He maintained that the sun was the principal source of power in the universe.

In his book published in 1596, Mysterium Cosmographicum (The Cosmographic Mystery), Kepler argued that he had revealed God’s geometrical plan for the universe. Much of Kepler’s enthusiasm for the Copernican system stemmed from his theological convictions about the connection between the physical and the spiritual: the universe itself was an image of God, with the sun corresponding to the Father, the stellar sphere to the Son, and the intervening space between to the Holy Spirit. His first manuscript of Mysterium contained an extensive chapter reconciling heliocentrism with biblical passages that seemed to support geocentrism, the theory that the earth was the center of the universe.

What is not taught in schools today is that most of the great scientists who fathered many of the modern sciences were theologians first. They were motivated by the religious conviction that God had created the world according to an intelligible plan that is accessible through the natural light of reason. Their studies of the scriptures led them to study mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, hydrology, meteorology, cosmology, anthropology and geology to better understand God and His creation. The Bible is not a science book, yet it is scientifically accurate. We are not aware of any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible.

Modern science often cherry picks pages of history and ignorantly proclaims that religious belief hinders scientific discovery.  Many advocate that belief in a Creator God is foolishness.  In his 2006 bestselling non-fiction book, The God Delusion, British biologist Richard Dawkins writes, “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

What’s alarming is that often those who oppose the Christian religion on scientific grounds propagate the religion of Global Warming with fanatical zeal.  Oh, I almost forgot—the First Commandment of this religion is Thou Shalt Not Call It A Religion.  Their bible is the report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their primary evangelist is Al Gore.

One of the nasty secrets of the “church of global warming” according to Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, authors of Freakonomics, is that climatologists, like everyone else, respond to incentives in a way that shapes their conclusions. “The economic reality of research funding, rather than a disinterested and uncoordinated scientific consensus, leads the [climate] models to approximately match one another.” In other words, the herd-of-independent-minds phenomenon happens to scientists too and isn’t the sole province of politicians and news anchors.  Levitt and Dubner point out that belching, flatulent cows are adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than all SUVs combined. They note that sea levels will probably not rise much more than 18 inches by 2100, “less than the twice-daily tidal variation in most coastal locations.” They observe that “not only is carbon plainly not poisonous, but changes in carbon-dioxide levels don’t necessarily mirror human activity.”

What happens to heretics in the church of global warming, those who dare to speak out that the scientific evidence does not support the popular belief in global warming?  The scientific and academic establishment, with the complicity of the media and other gatekeepers, suppress all legitimate debate.  In the movie, Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein interviews many professors who dare to question Darwinian Evolution on scientific grounds. They are demonized and tried for heresy, forced to recant and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives expelled from scientific discovery in the academic world.  Sound familiar?

The Bible has stood the challenges of critics over several thousand years and where it speaks on science, there has been no dispute.  The IPPC report, on the other hand, has many detractors who find themselves in a war with the self-appointed defenders of the faith in evolution and global warming.

In his book, Darwinism: The Refutation of a Myth, Soren Lovtrup says, “I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science.”

The debate over Global Warming, Darwinian Evolution, Creation and Intelligent Design is a worldview battle that goes much deeper than a scientific theory. The modern day Inquisitors want to destroy any foundation for a standard of ethics or morality.

“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:22-25 (NKJ)

So in this great debate, who are the seekers of truth and who are the defenders of political orthodoxy?  Political orthodoxy is always about power, not truth.  If truth is the goal of scientific discovery then all sources should be considered in the discovery process and should only be excluded from further consideration when proven to be in scientific error.
Let the quest for truth begin!


February 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. A couple of years ago I saw a headline that caught my eye. “Sun’s Atmosphere Sings” Knowing enough of the Bible to think that that might be a verse, I went to and sure enough in Job, God talks about the morning stars singing together!

    So, I wrote an article on one of my blogs:

    The more we know, the more we find out how much God already knows!

    Comment by Mike Shaw | February 25, 2010 | Reply

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