Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Geocentrism Catholics Get Their Day In the Sun

See Fringe ‘Catholics’ in the news, again via Get Religion.

Get Religion rightly points out that people are being a little bit too free with "Catholic" and "conservative Catholic" labels here.

Of course it should be noted that this view is fringe of the fringe. Though one can be a Catholic in good standing I suppose and believe that the earth is at the center of the Universe. What gets people into trouble is not so much the belief but the arguments they sometimes use to get there and defend the belief.

Robert Sungensis makes an appearance. Sungensis sort of an odd bird. He has done great apologetic work with his books on the Eucharist, Scripture and Tradition, and Justification. However when he starts talking about things relating to Jews and geocentrism it gets a lot in the Catholic community talking and not in a good way.

David Armstrong on his blog has done extensive back and forth with him on this topic as well as others.See David Armstrong's latest post.Neo-geos Come Unravelled (Guest Post by David Palm on Robert Sungenis and John Martin)


Andy said...

"heliocentrism, or the centuries-old consensus among scientists that Earth revolves around the sun, is a conspiracy to squelch the church’s influence."

I'm not sure why modern journalists have to keep proclaiming heliocentrism is the correct model that has the backing of the scientific community for centuries. Heliocentrism, as the term was used by Galileo, meant the sun was the center of the universe, an idea about as absurd today as the earth being the physical center of the universe. I guess to point out that heliocentrism is also not accurate would violate the whole "Galileo delegitimized the Church with science" paradigm. I can think of very few incidents in the history of humanity that have been blown more out of proportion than the Galileo-Catholic Church kerfuffle.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Robert Sungenis’ response to the Chicago Tribune article is actually quite impressive. He really knows his subject. The response is seen at his site: http://www.galileowaswrong.com

James H said...

I willgive that response a post of its own later on thi smorning for fairness