Recently the Vatican astronomer told a newspaper that 6- day creationists believe in a form of “superstitious paganism,” and he called the history presented in the first chapters of Genesis a “destructive myth.”
Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has addressed the Vatican astronomer’s comments recently. My question is, why would a Church official, of that same Church who stands so fearlessly against public opinion, and with the Bible on abortion or divorce, throw Genesis overboard?
I sincerely believe the Vatican is deeply afraid of being portrayed as repeating a Galileo moment. They will side with secular science against creationists every time, no matter the evidence, to avoid being portrayed as repeating a Galileo moment.
Have they forgotten that the theory all the scientific and academic world — including the Vatican astronomers — believed at the time, that the sun revolved around the earth, was the established theory of the day, and that Copernicus and Galileo were little Davids standing up to the Goliath of their day with new evidence?
Have they forgotten that the accepted theory was proposed by a pagan Greek, Ptolemy, 1500 years prior, and had been taught as the received wisdom for so long, that questioning it was out of the question?
It is interesting that it is the official Vatican astronomer that calls creation science a “destructive myth.” I don’t know what the official Vatican biologist or official Vatican chemist think, if such exist. The problem most astronomers seem to have with creation science is the How can there be distant starlight in a young universe question. You know, light travels so much distance per second, or so much distance per year (one light year). We can see stars that are billions of light years away, therefore the universe must be that many billions of years old. So explain that, you young earth
Dr. D. Russell Humphreys, nuclear physicist specializing in light theory at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, has, brilliantly. Starlight and Time: Solving the Puzzle of Distant Starlight in a Young Universe is available in book form or on DVD. The Vatican astronomer should pick up a copy, if nothing else than to be well- versed in the current theories being avidly discussed and debated among astronomers. And if nothing else than to know as much about the debate as your average homeschooler graduating high school. Who knows, he might find his faith and his respect for the unchangeable and infallible Word of God encouraged as well.