The Retard-o-tron™ seized control of our computer and locked it onto the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries. The video appears at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND).
WND’s headline is Greatest minds in science once founded on God. What an attention-grabber! This is the stuff that keeps us returning to WND, day after day. They never disappoint.
The video’s title is Foundations of Science. It’s terrific! In a little over two wonderful, fact-filled minutes, the rev explains that belief in God was the original source of all science. Well, of course! How could it be otherwise?
The rev tells us that the great astronomer Johannes Kepler was a believer, and Galileo admired him. Stephen Hawking (an atheist!) respects Galileo. The rev then gives us this quote from Galileo: “It was well said that … the Holy Scripture can not err, and that the decrees contained therein are absolutely true.”
We have total confidence in the rev, but we nevertheless had to check that quote. Yes, it’s real — somewhat. Galileo wrote it in 1613 in a Letter to Benedetto Castelli. The full sentence was:
In regard to the first general point of the Most Serene Ladyship, it seems to me very prudent of her to propose and of you to concede and to agree that the Holy Scripture can never lie or err, and that its declarations are absolutely and inviolably true.
But immediately thereafter, starting with the very next sentence, he wrote:
I should have added only that, through the Scripture cannot err, nevertheless some of its interpreters and expositors can sometimes err in various ways. One of these would be very serious and very frequent, namely to want to limit oneself always to the literal meaning of the words … .
Thus, given that in many places the Scripture is not only capable but necessarily in need of interpretations different from the apparent meaning of the words, it seems to me that in disputes about natural phenomena it should be reserved to the last place.
In any other situation like this, we would conclude that we were being flim-flammed by a sleazy quote-mining dirt-bag. But that can’t be true here. We assume that the rev, being a most holy man, has his reasons for omitting the full context of his Galileo quote, and for not mentioning Galileo’s problems with the Inquisition. Our confidence in the rev is unshaken.
So click over to WND and take a look. You’ll find it a thrilling spiritual experience.
As we usually do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Go to it.
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