It’s hard to believe these people are out there, but they are. In the Digital Journal we read Conservative Catholics say Galileo was wrong, geocentric is right
You’re thinking: “This is a joke, isn’t it?” No, dear reader, it doesn’t seem to be. In fact, we’ve written about these people before (see Competition for the Time Cube). So let’s see what the latest news is. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A growing Conservative Roman Catholic movement is continuing to insist that Galileo Galilei was incorrect by his assertion that Earth revolves around the Sun and is not the center of the universe. The battle rages on between geocentrism and heliocentrism.
Y’know, it wouldn’t be so bad if that kind of stuff were being shouted by an occasional crackpot running around in the nude, who was also claiming that the end is nigh, but this is described as a growing conservative movement. What else does the Digital Journal say? Get this:
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, a growing number of conservative Roman Catholics are utilizing the bible and church teachings as proof that the Earth is the centre of our universe.
Their link doesn’t work, but we did find this four-months old article in the Chicago Tribune: Some Catholics seek to counter Galileo. They quote the group’s leader:
“Heliocentrism becomes ‘dangerous’ if it is being propped up as the true system when, in fact, it is a false system,” said Robert Sungenis, leader of a budding movement to get scientists to reconsider. “False information leads to false ideas, and false ideas lead to illicit and immoral actions — thus the state of the world today. … Prior to Galileo, the church was in full command of the world; and governments and academia were subservient to her.”
The man’s got a point. Unfortunately, it seems to be growing out of the top of his head. Hey, here’s a Wikipedia article about Robert Sungenis. The Tribune also says:
Sungenis is no lone Don Quixote, as illustrated by the hundreds of curiosity seekers, skeptics and supporters at a conference last fall titled “Galileo Was Wrong. The Church Was Right” just off the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind.
That’s the same event we wrote about in our earlier post. Egad — he actually attracted a crowd! Let’s read on:
There is proof in Scripture that the Earth is the center of the universe, Sungenis said. Among many verses, he cites Joshua 10:12-14 as definitive proof: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, while the nation took vengeance on its foe. … The sun halted in the middle of the sky; not for a whole day did it resume its swift course.”
Yes, “proof.” Hey, that’s one of the passages that was used in Galileo’s heresy trial. It worked then, so why not now? Oh, wait — this is good:
But Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., said the Bible is silent on geocentrism.
“There’s a big difference between looking at the origin of the planets, the solar system and the universe and looking at presently how they move and how they are interrelated,” Ham said. “The Bible is neither geocentric or heliocentric. It does not give any specific information about the structure of the solar system.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey, Hambo! You want scripture? Here ya go: The Earth Does Not Move!
Okay, turning back to the Digital Journal, is there anything that wasn’t discussed in the Chicago Tribune? Yes — it seems that the Sungenis group has some other unconventional ideas. For example, Sungenis is quoted as saying:
[T]he moon doesn’t have enough pull to pick up millions of tons of ocean water, but that is a fact that is rather hidden from public consumption. Current cosmology really has no explanation for earth’s tides. They are no further along than Galileo was when he said that the tides prove the earth rotates.
We’ve excerpted enough. Now you have two articles to read, and if you want more, you can use the links we gave you in our earlier post: A whole new world awaits you. Well, not exactly a new world, but you know what we mean.
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