An Argument Against the Heliocentric Model

Alternate post title: Somewhere a village is missing their idiot (but I thought that might be a bit harsh…).

It appears this isn’t satire, which is bizarre. The winner for one of the most unbelievable posts goes to: Heliocentrism is an Atheist Doctrine. Yes that’s right; someone is actually arguing against the Heliocentric model (that is that the earth [and other solar system bodies] orbit the sun as opposed to the Earth being stationary and everything else orbiting us). I had no idea that was even possible!

The two problems I have are that the author 1) thinks he is using science to support his ideas and 2) uses the Bible to support his claims. As far as the first problem goes, it is extremely offensive as someone who enjoys science a lot to see someone make outrageous claims that have no basis in reality and think they are actually talking science. The second problem is worse I think, although is pretty common. People, both Christians and not, have been interpreting the Bible in strange ways for ages. I just think it is amazing that someone in this day and age can show such blatant disregard for both science AND the Bible at the same time. Usually people just pick one or the other! ;)

Here is the deal, the Bible can stand just fine along with science (I have said this is numerous posts - see The God of the Bible is also the God of Science, Creation Science, and Science vs. Religion). The Bible, and certainly God, does not need our defense. It especially doesn’t need our defense in ways that are completely unfounded.

I am not going to address each of his supposed arguments because I feel like arguing FOR the Heliocentric model is like arguing for gravity. If you DO want me to address any of his points, please let me know and I will gladly do so.

As a PS, I noted this in the comments of his post: “I have a feeling you are one to believe that if you dropped a hammer and a feather in a vacuum, you would think the hammer will hit the ground first.” His response: “Of course it would!” Now, I understand there are a lot of people who do not understand that, that’s fine. But if someone is making scientific claims, especially claims about the dynamics of the Solar System they had darn well know that mass has nothing to do with free fall. I also asked what his scientific credentials were and he hasn’t responded to that yet, I will update if he does.

Categories: Science, Theology
  1. apb
    May 24th, 2007 at 19:38 | #1

    Heh -

    This character is attacking the learning of heliocentric theory, but then comes up wth this gem:

    “However, for both moral and theological reasons, we should always bear in mind that the Earth does not move. If it moved, we would feel it moving.”

    Feel it moving? I thought I’d bust a rib on this one - as if a multi-quintrillion ton inertial mass would perform like a roller-coaster …

    Eh - another fine product of our school system. I kept re-reading looking for the punchline, and came up short.

    Its little brain must’ve really shorted out when it tried to learn that our solar system’s really in a jerkwater, ebb tide of the outer fringes of creation - and had to fall back on an earth-centric universe.

  2. May 25th, 2007 at 08:54 | #2

    Please, please, PLEASE tell me you misread and this really is satire (along the lines of Landover Baptist Church). This is really freaking embarrassing. Tin foil hat wearers like this nut just give more straw man ammo to rabid atheists.

  3. May 25th, 2007 at 21:35 | #3

    well, at first… i had a crazy sick laugh!!! but then, after reading the comments, i found out that there’s plenty of his kind!!! maan!!! a 6 year old student knows much better than this freak!!!

    btw, i was wondering how can i “Pingback”?!… as i’ve already mentioned him in one of the posts in my blog… well… just for a laugh anyway :p…


  4. May 27th, 2007 at 18:58 | #4

    I really really wish this was satire. Maybe this is some elaborate Andy Kaufman-esq joke, but he (and sadly a number of others) a REALLY defending their stance (not at all well or scientifically, but defending it in their own way).

    H.Q.: I am not exactly sure how to pingback. You can trackback by inserting a trackback link to the post you are talking about (that they provide) into your post. But I am not really sure what the difference between a pingback and trackback. Sometimes when I get a link to a post it shows up as a trackback, sometimes as a pingback… but not sure why. In wordpress they have a place to insert a trackback when you are writing a post.

  5. July 16th, 2007 at 23:20 | #5

    If you think Heliocentrism is wacko junk science, and even if you don’t you’d be crazy not to get your own Heliocentrism gear, and it’s only available from B4B.

    Make a bold statement without saying a word.

  6. July 16th, 2007 at 23:20 | #6

    Help! I’m being moderated!

  7. Rodregez
    October 7th, 2009 at 07:04 | #7

    HELIOCENTRIC all the way!!!!!!!!

  8. Skitchelz
    October 7th, 2009 at 07:08 | #8

    How can u Believe earth is the centre of the solarsystem it dsnt make sense

  9. October 7th, 2009 at 15:43 | #9

    Not really sure why you wrote two comments as two different people…

  10. Jay
    September 21st, 2011 at 21:45 | #10

    It really does make sense though. Ever try to come up with an argument for heliocentricity? It’s actually hard.. And the argument against geocentricity saying we should feel the earth’s motion also seems logical at first.

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