Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The mythological narratives of Naturalism

"This is merely a rough sketch of the origins of modern science. But it’s enough to expose the received version as so much mythology. The centrality of Earth in pre-Copernican cosmology meant something entirely different to the pre-Copernicans from what it means in the textbook orthodoxy we’ve all learned. There is no simple inference from central location to high status any more than a modern person would privilege the center of our Earth as the ideal terrestrial place to be. Geocentrism did not imply anthropocentrism. As Dennis Danielson puts it, “The great Copernican cliché is premised upon an uncritical equation of geocentrism with anthropocentrism.” Denying either or both did not automatically disprove the existence of purpose or design in nature. The official story gives the false impression that Copernicus started a trend, so that removing Earth from the “center” of the universe led finally, logically, and inevitably to the scientific establishment of our insignificance. By sleight of hand, it trans formed a series of empirical discoveries with ambiguous metaphysical implications into the Grand Narrative of Naturalism."
(The Privileged Planet: How Our Place
in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery
By Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards :120)

The grand ol' mythological narratives of naturalism, I am glad that more scientists are critical of them. Insignificance? That is but a failure to read the signs of design. Ironically, no writer actually believes that their own symbols and signs are really insignificant, including the Naturalist.

The modern Naturalist is often creating narratives around men who did not believe as they do about the insignificance of all that is written. As it is written! As it is written all over your face, that which cannot be written off.

“The holy Bible and the phenomena of nature proceed alike from the divine Word.”
Galileo Galilei, Laws of Dynamics,
astronomical confirmation of the heliocentric system

“How exceedingly vast is the godlike work ofthe Best and Greatest Artist!”

“The Universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.”
Nicolaus Copernicus, Heliocentric
Theory of the Solar System
(The Wonder of the World: A Journey from Modern Science
to the Mind of God
by Roy Abraham Varghese :103)

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