A varied and sometimes erratic record of what I'm learning inside and outside of the classroom

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Big YELLOW One Is the SUN!"

If you will indulge me... I just couldn't resist. Watch until about 1:16.
(Ah, the mullet--gotta love early 90's fashion.)

Breakin' some new ground there, Copernicus.

Well, he was, actually. Copernicus, that is. Centuries ago, according to the Ptolemaic system, Earth would've been the center of that little kid's model of the solar system.
"The big BLUE one is the EARTH!"
That just doesn't have the same ring to it, in terms of orbits or phonetics. :)

And sure, Copernicus was the first to seriously entertain the idea that the earth revolved around the sun, rather than the other way around, but it seems like Galileo caught a lot of the heat for it, especially from the Church. And so I began to wonder: Why is that?

Well, according to The Gradual Acceptance of the Copernican Theory of the Universe, by Dorothy Stimson, A.M., the scriptural arguments against Galileo and his upholding of the Copernican view all revolve around the idea that the earth stood still; for example (quote):

  • David in Psalm 89: God has founded the earth and it shall not be moved.
  • Joshua bade the sun stand still--which would not be notable were it not already at rest.
Gee, and it's not like he promoted an idea that changed the entire center of the universe as they knew it. You do something like that, and people tend to get a little uneasy. It made me think of the ongoing controversy between religion and science and how people tend to want to make them mutually exclusive. But frankly, you don't have to do that. By expanding our understanding of both science and religion, we often find that ideas of both can be integrated without compromising the integrity of either. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Christian nowadays that doesn't believe the sun is the center of the solar system. Often, it all works out.

"The one in the MIDDLE is the one that they call the SUN!"
"We KNOW!" :)


  1. You've just earned a thousand respect points for using Brian Regan for that explanation :) I also liked your point that people tend to want science and religion to be completely separate entities. My roomate my freshman year at BYU was a non-member, and he had a strong opinion that religion was only what people used to explain what science still couldn't. I firmly believe that science only proves that God exists and it makes me marvel at how vast and thorough he really is.

  2. Okay, that was hilarious. I agree that religion and science go hand in hand. The more I've learned about both, what with taking biology, physical science, and lots of religion classes, I've found that more than ever they back each other up.

    The big yellow one is the SUN!

  3. It's interesting, this is still being played out today with evolution and the Big Bang theory in elementary education. In some Christian circles, these scientific theories are not accepted, and so they push their own religiously-centered ideas into the classroom, such as creationism. To some extent, the debate surrounding global warming has taken on religious overtones, with some people insisting humans can't change the climate of our planet because, well, we're just humans compared to the God who created this place. I agree that ultimately religion and science can be integrated, but sometimes it seems we're far away from that ideal.

  4. Its true, that type of integration of religion and science probably will not happen until the millennium, but imagine what we could learn if we looked at everything as a creation of God. I believe that if the world were able to recognize that everything we have and everything we've discovered is from God, He would provide us with so much more understanding. The more I learn about the world around me the more I am amazed at the depth and complexity of God's creations. To create the things he has created is incredible.