Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Copernican Distortions

Reader Steven Cornett sends along and article you may have read — Astronomer Copernicus reburied as hero — with comments that should be read:
    Nicolaus Copernicus, the Polish priest whose "On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres" was the first book to fully posit a solar cosmology of heliocentrism, was reburied in the Cathedral he had served as a "hero" (read "as an attraction").

    There are several distortions in the AP report that disturb me, and obviously are meant to feed their pet goat, the secular narrative of "Faith versus science". Therefore, several corrections and addendum.

    1). Nicolaus Copernicus was never condemned as a heretic by the Church. The most obvious evidence for this is the fact that he has been reburied in the same spot he was found in, under Frombork Cathedral. The only difference is that his resting place now notes him as the "founder of heliocentrism" and a Canon of the Church; otherwise he he remains in his resting place in hallowed ground. A heretic would not be so buried, as noted by a recent denial of burial in hallowed ground for a woman who died a few weeks after receiving a "Fauxdination" as a schismatic Priestess.


    2). Heliocentrism was never condemned by the Church; though it was condemned by Protestants, especially Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon. Galileo mainly got in trouble due to his arrogance and, classically, for honking off his main patron in his work "Dialogue Concerning the Two World Systems" (where he mocked Pope Urban VIII indirectly) and demanding that the Bible be interpreted in accordance with Science in opposition to the Church.

    3). Most importantly, many of the objections to Heliocentrism at the time were scientific. There were many issues which, from a natural philosophical perspective, raised questions about the system, such a stellar parallax. Some of them were not resolved until much later. More importantly, our solar system is not heliocentric, but helio-locused, since a gravity well is the locus of an elliptical orbit, not the center, a discovery of Johannes Kepler incorporated and explained by the system of physics developed by Sir Issac Newton.
In an addendum, Mr. Cornett adds, "They even got the position of 'Canon' wrong. It is not 'less than a priest', but simply a priest of a religious order avowed to poverty, as opposed to a 'secular' priest."

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Blogger Peter Kim said...

Thank you very much for starightening up the fact!

8:45 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I, too, thank Mr. Cornett. The mainstream media is simply incapable of accurate reporting on religious issues, or much else for that matter. Maybe they should limit themselves to sports and entertainment and let the alternative media handle the important stuff.

10:29 PM  
Blogger The Perpetual Malcontent said...

"Maybe they should limit themselves to sports and entertainment and let the alternative media handle the important stuff."

I agree the media's [mis]handling of facts mislead and confuse a lot of uninformed people but where shall bloggers find an alternative source for their fun and rants?

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