Rebuttal to the Columbus Dispatch Article Titled,
 "Scientists will keep challenging society’s conventional wisdom".

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  The article printed in the Columbus Dispatch September 10th, 2002 titled "Scientists will keep challenging society’s conventional wisdom" incorrectly attempts to blame religion and a scientifically illiterate society for stifling important discoveries over the centuries. The author erroneously proposes as evidence the now famous argument for a heliocentric (sun-centered) solar system proposed by Copernicus and Galileo. Realistically, Copernicus’ and Galileo’s concept was not divisive because of any biblical or religious element; it drew controversy because of the near universal acceptance by the scientific community in the late 1500’s that our solar system was geocentric (Earth-centered).

While the Dispatch article is correct in concluding that the Church was wrong in its rejection of Galileo and Copernicus, it should be noted that they were only blindly following the geocentric (Earth-centered) secular humanistic and scientific elitist dogma of the times. The geocentric hypothesis was first proposed by Aristotle in ~300 BC and was later promoted and expanded on by Ptolemy in ~200 AD. Aristotle and Ptolemy were not religious or Christian so their geocentric hypothesis was based on a humanistic philosophy, not anything biblical.

When Copernicus and Galileo presented their heliocentric theory, the geocentric solar system was being taught at all major universities by astronomers / philosophers who embraced the writings of both Aristotle and Ptolemy. These astronomers / philosophers were gambling their entire livelihoods on the belief that a geocentric solar system was fact. Moreover, these intellectual elites were successful at deceiving the Church with the idea that an Earth-centered solar system was proven, scriptural, biblical, etc. and thus any challenge would be considered heresy.

The problems Copernicus and Galileo faced are exactly the same as proponents of intelligent design encounter today. Evolution is being taught as fact by a scientific elitist group who have based their entire careers on its acceptance by the public. They have even misled several members of the Church by stating that evolutionary theory is not in conflict with the Bible. Now in the face of mounting evidence refuting their theory, evolutionists are publicly slandering the intelligent design proponents in the same manner as Copernicus and Galileo were attacked.

The vital lesson to be learned is the Church should not adopt a scientific theory as scriptural just because the intellectual elitists are exalting it is fact. Christians should never allow secular opinion or a belief system of the day to interpret scripture. This is exactly what happened to Galileo and Copernicus with dire consequences. Instead, scripture should interpret the validity of secular opinion since there is only one book that is infallible and inerrant.

Finally, any barrier to scientific discovery should not be blamed on religion or an illiterate society. It is the intolerance of scientific elitists to admit the fact that evolution has serious catastrophic flaws and there is no other explanation of human origins without admitting the existence of a Creator.

Patrick Young, Ph.D.
Canal Winchester, Ohio 

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