Is The Catholic Church Burned By The Sun Again?

Watts Up With That?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball

Sunspot plate from Scheiner's Tres Epistolae. Credit: The Galileo Project Sunspot plate from Scheiner’s Tres Epistolae. Credit: The Galileo Project

Spanish-born American Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The recent Papal Encyclical announced the Catholic Church’s decision to join the scientific claims that humans are causing global warming and denounce climate scientists who oppose the claim. It came almost exactly 400 years after Galileo was denounced to the Roman Inquisition in the spring of 1615. The Catholic Church only acknowledged the errors of their actions, their last and most negative brush with science, when they forgave Galileo in 1992. Pope John Paul said labeling Galileo a heretic and confining him to life imprisonment was an error. It only took 377 years for the Church to catch up with reality. No doubt Galileo is delighted, assuming he made it to heaven.

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2 thoughts on “Is The Catholic Church Burned By The Sun Again?

  1. YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL was the title to a book that succinctly explains the problem.

    We have NO evidence the Universe, Reality, God is finite in space or time, but we are unwilling to consider the possibility life forms may exist on planets that orbit other stars than the Sun.

    Almost 500 years ago Copernicus reported that Earth is not the center of the universe. The Catholic Church didn’t like that discovery precisely because THEIR GOD WAS TOO SMALL!”

    • When I look up at a starry night, I imagine that each star has a pulsar core, like the Sun [1], that generates energy by neutron-emission and n-decay, like the Sun [1], and makes atoms that may have condensed into planets, moons and asteroids – like those orbiting the Sun.

      [Theists might imagine each pulsar as the nucleus in a cell of an infinite God.]

      I see no reason to deny the possible existence of life on some objects that orbit other stars.

      Religious and political leaders cannot control, but need not fear or ignore, the pulsar at the core of the Sun that created and sustains every atom, life and world in the solar system today.

      References:

      1a. “Solar Energy,” Adv. Astron. (submitted 1 Sept 2104; published privately 17 Mar 2015)

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy.pdf

      1b. “Supplement for Teachers” (published 30 Mar 2015) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Supplement.pdf

      1c. “Intro: Science for Teachers” (published 23 May 2015)

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Introduction.pdf

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