Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Geocentricity

I recently ran across the most amazing web site by which I learned of the existence of groups of educated people that hold a geocentric world-view. I had no more dreamed such a thing existed than I would have believed in a twenty-first century Flat Earth Society.

But these guys are serious. Some of them, scientists, astronomers with Ph.D. after their names who've written books and give lectures. I thought heliocentricity was undisputed. It turns out that both are mere theories because neither can be proven! In order to prove either you need to have an external point of reference that is stable.

More interesting than the mere physics of it, though, are the spiritual implications. Let me quote a couple of people whose thoughts struck me as well-said:

"The story of Christianity tells about a plan of salvation centred upon a particular people and a particular man. As long as someone is thinking in terms of a geocentric universe ... the story has a certain plausibility.

As soon as astronomy changes theories, however, the whole Christian history loses the only setting within which it would make sense. With the solar system no longer the center of anything, imagining that what happens here forms the center of a universal drama becomes simply silly."

(A. J. Burgess)

"We know that the difference between a heliocentric theory and a geocentric theory is one of relative motion only, and that such a difference has no physical significance."
(Sir Fred Hoyle)

"The heliocentric theory, by putting the sun at the center of the universe, ... made man appear to be just one of a possible host of wanderers drifting through a cold sky. It seemed less likely that he was born to live gloriously and to attain paradise upon his death. Less likely, too, was it that he was the object of God's ministrations."
(Morris Kline)

"Much of the history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area—crime, education, housing, race relations—the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them."
(Thomas Sowell)

The thing that staggered me was realizing that both heliocentricity and geocentricity are merely unproven — and unproveable — theories, that must ultimately be accepted by faith alone.

That helped a lot.

If you're interested in further reading on the subject, check out the following web sites:


Besides the link Raph suggested below (FixedEarth.com) a very good site seems to be:

StaticEarth.net

(Type "the earth is not moving" into your search engine just to see the multitude of web sites that promote this concept, and why. Have fun!)


3 comments:

  1. Another good site is www.fixedearth.com.

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  2. How amazing that anyone would think it necessary that we be the physical center of the universe in order for the Gospel to be true!

    I've read once that Voltaire found the Bible to be preposterous simply because he refused to believe that God would choose the Israelites as His special people. I don't recall all the unflattering adjectives he used in referring to them. I suppose he would have thought his people to be much more worthy ...

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  3. More on our geocentric universe here:

    http://christian-wilderness.forumvi.com/t39-stationary-earth

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