Science vs. Faith?

In 1543 Copernicus postulated a new theory of the Universe.  He said he wished “to seek truth in all things as far as God has permitted human reason to do so.”  As most of us know, Copernicus was excommunicated.

Today, shockingly, in 2014 we are facing a similar dilemma, only this time, choosing “faith” over science has devastating consequences.  Those who deny climate change can directly cause the devastation of this planet from their ignorance and denial.

I personally don’t understand how this can be a religious and thus a political issue.  It has virtually nothing to do with politics.  It’s undeniable that humans are causing unprecedented devastation upon this planet.  Extinction of species, to the point where we are causing another mass extinction similar to the loss of the dinosaurs (and yes, bees may be tiny creatures, but they are becoming extinct as a species and thus will directly effect our ability to grow food), masses of garbage in the ocean, destruction of our coral reefs, climate warming, melting of the ice caps, etc… is this a religious issue?  And did god not say in the Bible that humans were given dominion over the planet and that we were to care for it, not destroy it?

It took centuries for the church to acknowledge that the earth was, in fact, round, not flat.  But, we don’t have centuries.  I think everyone on this planet can see that our climate is changing at a very rapid pace.  It’s not something that can be denied.

I think our forefathers were very wise in their desire to keep religion out of government.  Unfortunately, it’s somehow managed to wheedle its way in.  I do hope we wake up in time, though I personally think it’s already too late.


2 thoughts on “Science vs. Faith?

  1. Though I agree with your position regarding climate change, it’s still important to be factually correct in support of your opinions.

    Copernicus was not only NOT excommunicated, but there wasn’t any church response to his book at all until 73 years after his death! Galileo took all the heat for Copernicus’ theories. He wasn’t excommunicated either, though he was charged by the Inquisition with “vehement suspicion of heresy”. He recanted and lived under house arrest, continuing to publish through Holland to avoid the church ban on his work.

    1. From
      When Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) attempted to promote the heliocentric theory (that the earth moves around the sun) in the seventeenth century, he was tried by the Inquisition in Rome and found “vehemently suspect of heresy”. The sentence imposed did not include excommunication, but he was required to “abjure, curse and detest” those opinions and was placed under house arrest for the term of his life.

      Only in 1965 did the Catholic Church revoke its condemnation of Galileo.

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