Letter: Earth's place in the universe
The author of the Dec. 22 letter to the editor, "How the universe was designed," rightly rebukes Darwinists, but then says: "It seems the staunch resistance of new scientific evidence by the Holy Roman Empire during the Enlightenment has been reb...
The author of the Dec. 22 letter to the editor, "How the universe was designed," rightly rebukes Darwinists, but then says: "It seems the staunch resistance of new scientific evidence by the Holy Roman Empire during the Enlightenment has been reborn in liberal elitism."
I believe he is wrong to imply that the Roman Catholic Church prohibited honest scientific inquiry into astronomy.
Just like in geology and biology, the field of astrophysics has become a slave to political correctness over the last few centuries. It started out with Copernicus and his heliocentric theory (earth revolves around the sun), then Galileo came and gave it more emphasis. Pretty soon the theory became scientific fact, although solid evidence for it could be not be produced. It wasn't until the 1800s that experiments by Airy, Fizeau and Michelson-Morley were devised that told us that earth is actually standing still in space.
These experiments were of great concern to Einstein; indeed his contemporary, Henrick Lorentz, said these experiments put unbridled fear into the scientific community. So what do they do to save themselves from a huge embarrassment? In 1905, Einstein comes up with the relativity theory powered by mathematical fudge factors, time dilation, Lorentz's shrinking measuring instruments theory and so on.
Over the last few decades science has produced a preponderance of evidence showing that the earth is the center of the universe (geocentric model). To cite just a few: Distribution of gamma ray burst sources in space form a spherical shell with earth at the center. Quasars are distributed in 57 concentric spheres around the earth as the center. Galaxies are distributed in concentric shells expanding away from a central point earth. Even NASA uses "fixed earth" mathematics to track their space probes. Our GPS satellite system simulates a giant interferometer, duplicating George Sagnac's 1913 experiment showing that there is a moving ether in space and that absolute motion is indeed a reality, versus relativity which says there is no fixed point because everything in the universe is moving. (Read "Galileo Was Wrong" by Dr. Robert Sungenis and Dr. Robert J. Bennett.)