Galileo Was Wrong?
Many other sites and bloggers have mentioned the Galileo Was Wrong Conference taking place November 6th in South Bend, IN (and thanks to Chris E. for sending me a link as well). Apparently, the event is being headed by Dr. Robert Sungenis, a “Ph. D.” in theology who is going to correct all of the godless atheists with their ‘science’ and ‘telescopes in space’ with a face value reading of Scripture. Also, it seems the Popes of the 17th century knew more about the universe from the Bible than modern scientists.
The stupid it burns!
Instead of deconstructing the many logical fallacies in Sungenis’s theological position–because whatever else, not only is he an awful scientist he is a terrible theologian as well–the lack of generic identification, the apologetic need for absolute truths for ‘faith’, the misunderstanding of the task at hand for the modern church, etc. ad nauseum. Let’s just take a basic, basic look at a few issues.
First our galaxy:
Our solar system is not even the center of our galaxy! At the center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole. It is the gravity of the hyper-activity at the center of the galaxy that gives the galaxy its shape. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has 200 to 400 billion stars. Seriously, just stop and think about that for a second. Our galaxy has billions and billions of stars!
Now this is where the “center of the universe” talk just gets silly. The universe is so vast that it is almost pointless to talk about the size of the universe. Not only does our galaxy have billions of stars but there are also billions of other galaxies each with hundreds of billions of star themselves.
Do you see those light smudges? Each of those is a galaxy (a picture taken from outer space by a telescope that they sent there using formulations based on a heliocentric solar system. Funny how those computations worked). This is but a small sampling.
When you consider how small the Earth is in relation to the Milky Way, and then the Milky Way in relation to the universe, we are not even a speck of sand on a beach, nor a drop of water in the ocean.
I can only imagine how the authors of the 18th century would have re-phrased their understandings of the sublime if they were faced with the reality of the universe. I certainly know of no thing that gives me such feelings as when I attempt to even begin to consider the galaxy we live in and the universe in which it is found.
Galileo was wrong? I can’t hardly even begin to think about an issue that is less of a concern to any modern church goer, that is based more on a tendentious reading of ancient literature, that adds nothing to any conversation whatsoever pertaining to life, science, and religion.
If you need me, I’ll be over here with my sublime feelings about the universe.