WorldNetDaily: God and Astronomy

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The ever-vigilant Drool-o-tron™, with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, shattered the lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We were compelled to notice the blinking letters of its wall display, which said WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WorldNetDaily (WND) is the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

Our computer was locked onto WND’s latest article, At what point must science admit existence of God? That’s a most intriguing question! The article has attracted almost 50 drooling comments so far.

The author is Bill Federer, a frequent writer for WND. He’s been posting a series of articles in which he quote-mines his way through American history, picking out some issue or event, then quoting a President’s public mention of the Creator, or a general’s visit to church which coincided with a victory, and then claiming that everything good that has ever happened in American history was the caused by divine activity resulting from answered prayers. This historical “technique” goes far beyond mere quote-mining. It’s what we call reality mining.

Look at WND’s subtitle: “Bill Federer notes astronomers past, present who cannot deny Divine influence on cosmos.” Thus we are warned that Federer is playing his silly game with astronomy — one of the sciences most despised by creationists because it discloses facts that are so much in conflict with the small, Earth-centered universe imagined by the Genesis authors during the Babylonian empire. This should be fun. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

“O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!” wrote astronomer Johannes Kepler, 1619, “The Harmonies of the World.”

Federer has played the same reality mining game with Kepler before. That’s when we wrote WorldNetDaily: Science Is Biblical, in which we said:

It’s interesting that the first event in Federer’s history of religion-inspired science occurred a millennium and a half after the beginning of Christianity. What about the religion-dominated but scientifically barren centuries before Kepler? They’re not mentioned. And observe — Kepler doesn’t say that his discoveries were revealed in scripture.

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Was Kepler serious, or were those words just sugar-coating to keep the Inquisition from his door? At the time he wrote that, he had to be aware that Giordano Bruno had been burned alive in 1600 for his astronomical teachings. We’ll never know.

Somehow, Federer fails to mention that Kepler’s works are among those found in Wikipedia’s List of authors and works on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Okay, so much for Kepler. Then Federer says:

The person most responsible for advancing the scientific method was Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Sir Francis Bacon, who helped found the Royal Society of London, wrote: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

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In his treatise titled “Of Atheism,” Sir Francis Bacon declared: “A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”

That’s nice. It doesn’t mean much, but it’s nice. Let’s read on:

A contemporary of Johannes Kepler was Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who made the first practical use of the telescope. Galileo Galilei stated: “I am inclined to think that the authority of Holy Scripture is intended to convince men of those truths which are necessary for their salvation, which, being far above man’s understanding, can not be made credible by any learning, or any other means than revelation by the Holy Spirit.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Galileo was terrified of the Inquisition, so he often said such things. It didn’t help him, however, as is evident by the Galileo affair, which Federer never mentions. He continues:

Galileo’s work gave credence to the heliocentric theory of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), where the sun is the center of the solar system instead of the earth, as Ptolemy’s geocentric theory had previously taught.

Another detail Federer doesn’t mention is that Copernicus had the good sense to delay publication of his heliocentric work until his shortly before his death, which might otherwise have been — shall we say — hastened by the Inquisition.

Federer’s essay goes on a bit longer in the same manner until we come to the final third of it, which is devoted to quotes from — brace yourself — Discovery Institute fellow traveler Eric Metaxas. We won’t bother with any of that, so we’ll end by asking the question presented in Federer’s title: At what point must science admit existence of God?

Well, dear reader, are we there yet?

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7 responses to “WorldNetDaily: God and Astronomy

  1. At what point must science admit existence of God?
    NEVER!!!! Delusional myths are not science!

  2. The Indian mathematician Ramanujan attributed his mathematical discoveries to the goddess Lashmi.

  3. “which might otherwise have been — shall we say — hastened by the Inquisition.”
    You may say that, but it doesn’t make you look very smart.
    1. Copernicus enjoyed the protection and support of the local catholic authorities, who urged him to publish his work and got one pope positively interested.
    2. After he naturally died the Inquisition didn’t show any interest in his work at all – it lasted seven frigging decades to got it put on the very same Index.

  4. As Bertrand Russell said “”It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.” If the creationists ever come up with some reasonable evidence that there is a sky fairy, this (retired) scientist and aged atheist will be happy to consider it. Since they haven’t been able to find any in a number of millennia, I doubt I’ll have to think about it in my lifetime.

  5. It all depends on what one accepts as “credible evidence.” To tens of millions of fundamentalists in this country, the Bible is credible evidence from start to finish, telling the completely accurate story of life, the universe and everything from Creation to Apocalypse and beyond.

  6. Short answer: Nope. Think critically, demand evidence.

  7. Federer writes “Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who helped found the Royal Society of London”. I can only stand in awe of Sir Francis, who helped found the Royal Society after spending 34 years in the grave.