This is from the website of World magazine, which we’ve encountered before in connection with creationist issues — see, e.g.: A Plea for “Academic Freedom Laws”. Today they have a review of a new creationist book. Their headline is Disruptive ideas. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
David Block and Kenneth Freeman in God and Galileo (Crossway, 2019) throw light on the battle between Roman Catholicism and the scientist who became known as “the father of observational astronomy.” They show how political maneuvering at the Vatican contributed to the infamous decision to force Galileo to recant publicly while still holding to what his scientific observation told him: that the Earth moves.
So far it sounds like a straightforward treatment of the subject, and you’re wondering: Where’s the creationism? It begins when we check out the book at Amazon. The publisher is Crossway, which describes itself like this: “The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.” We can’t tell from their website if they’re a vanity publisher. Maybe not. Anyway, we’ve encountered them before regarding other creationist books — see, e.g.: Yet Another New Discoveroid Book.
And there’s more creationism coming. The reviewer for World says:
Galileo insisted on the importance of observation rather than abstract theorizing, and scientists venerate him for that. But what happens when observation shows how fine-tuned for humans the Earth and even the whole universe is — and scientists admit that the odds against that happening naturally are … well, astronomical?
Now you’re beginning to understand why we find this to be amusing. And it gets better. Take a look at this:
Proponents of intelligent design are modern Galileos harassed by the Church of Darwin. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] Since scientific evidence points to God’s existence [Gasp!], atheistic scientists hoping to avoid that admission have climbed onto the multiverse hypothesis, the idea that this universe is only one bubble of an infinite number, and we just live in the one bubble in which our existence is possible.
This is great! The review continues:
Block and Freeman emphasize that “these other universes are not observable, and we do not know whether they exist.” [Unlike the intelligent designer — blessed be he!] They then quote the cosmologist George Ellis: Multiverse theory is “a retrograde step. [It] abandons the key principle that has led to the extraordinary success of science. The claim that multiverses exist is a belief rather than an established scientific fact.”
The reviewer goes on to talk about some other books, so this is where we’ll leave World magazine. And now we have the astounding claim that the Discoveroids are a brave bunch of contemporary Galileos. What do you think, dear reader?
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