The Pertinacity of the Asp

imgres.jpgGalileo, complaining about those people who refused to look through a telescope to see those things, such as the moons of Jupiter or sunspots moving across the face of the sun, referred to them as being “replete with the pertinacity of the asp.” Everyone knew that the sun revolved around the earth: it was proven scriptural science.

I recently read William T. Vollmann’s treatise, Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. In general it is a very readable presentation of some rather difficult concepts, both astronomical and mathematical. But truly it is far easier to understand and accept the unnecessary complexities of the scriptural world view than it is to accept that the world obeys the insights of scripture and not of science.

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Take a Left at Albuquerque

mapamundiI was reminded earlier today that the continents of North and South America are never mentioned in the infallible Book of God. No wonder Columbus refused to believe he hadn’t found a route to the East Asian coast: He relied on the mythology of the Bible as if it was the truth.

The only other explanation would be that God refused to acknowledge the existence of America and some very human public relations firm came up with that catchy phrase, “God Bless America.”

Either way, it doesn’t seem like Christianity has a firm position in America.