- Hardcover: 246 pages
- Publisher: Isi Books; 1 edition (7 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610171535
- ISBN-13: 978-1610171533
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
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"Unbelievable should be on the shelf of every science popularizer and college astronomy professor. Perhaps then we can begin to purge our culture of the 'science is the enemy of religion' myths Michael Keas slays in his refreshingly contrarian book."
--Guillermo Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Ball State University; coauthor of The Privileged Planet
"Not content to knock down the myths about the alleged conflict between science and religion, Mike Keas shows where they came from and how science popularizers like Carl Sagan have used them to further their own agendas. Using a wide range of sources, including textbooks and television shows, Keas explains how these myths got into the bloodstream of our culture. An invaluable resource."
--James Hannam, author of God's Philosophers and The Genesis of Science
"Michael Keas decisively debunks an array of myths that have long impeded our understanding of the histories of science and of religion. Unbelievable may earn Keas plenty of enemies, but nobody concerned with real evidence can dismiss his argument out of hand. This is a brilliant, engaging, and important contribution to a debate about truly universal matters."
--Dennis Danielson, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia; editor of The Book of the Cosmos
"Michael Keas does a splendid job dispelling viral myths and common errors about the relationship between science and Christianity. This book is well documented and written in a pleasing style accessible to the general reader as well as scholars."
--Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Inventing the Flat Earth
"The notion of inevitable, perpetual conflict between science and religion is one of the most prevalent grand narratives in the modern West. It takes many specific forms, and Michael Keas deftly disposes of myths like these with lively, thoroughly researched stories that will leave readers much better informed."
--Edward B. Davis, coeditor of The Works of Robert Boyle
"The supposed warfare between science and Christianity has long been a staple of science textbooks and popular science. Michael Keas skewers the most popular myths used to illustrate that warfare, displaying his deep knowledge of the history of science. If you want to understand the true, and positive, relationship between science and Christianity, you should read Unbelievable."
--Jay W. Richards, bestselling author of Infiltrated and Indivisible
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The past is the key to the present. Okay, I know that I'm using that out of context, but really, isn't an understanding of the past NECESSARY to forming accurate assessments for navigating the future?
If major TV programs endorse MAJOR FACTUAL ERRORS significantly deluding the public, who's going to set them right?
We need more of Key's astute, factual, and well-reasoned thinking. Not only is well-grounded history presented, but the origins and spread of the myths are precisely traced. Keas' reading well over a hundred historic textbooks on the subject is evident in his clarity and conclusions. But the book is not sloughed down in details. The author does not claim an omniscient perspective like some textbooks, but clearly states his research and its limits. Unlike the myth-makers he critiques, the author shares many of his findings openly regardless of whether they support his view or not. (I don't think Kepler, cited in the book, would want it any other way.)
It should be noted that the author's conclusion and content does come up against those purporting the War hypothesis and so-called Copernican principle. But his conclusion moves on from there in a way that really shook me in its relevance.
In the same way that overly excitable YouTubers might be screaming that god is about to be created in AI or else descend in the form of ET--so this book is a much needed dose of reality for the seeming majority of TV broadcasters and the American public.
From medieval times and the Renaissance to contemporary times and projections about the future, Keas takes his readers further in and further up while reining in the extravagant and hurtful claims of the myth-makers past and present.
This book attempts to show that science and religion (Christianity in particular) have not always been at war and in fact do not need to be at war. The implication is that modern science and Christianity might come to the meeting of minds in the future. It is true that the founding fathers of modern science were almost all creationists, and many were devout Christians. It is also true that since the Copernican revolution, the “knowledge” said to have been gained, has gradually undermined and sot to exclude the place of Biblical revelation as having any relation to knowledge and truth. In his book, the author sets out some valuable and interesting historical corrections to the popular views of events relating to science and religion, however, he ends up supporting the initial Copernican system with Bruno’s addition of habitable worlds beyond the earth. Thus, giving a nod of approval to those who are attempting to extinguish all reference to the Bible as a source of knowledge and truth about the universe and Man’s place in it.
Consider the following. The Bible says that the heavens and the earth were created by God, modern science says there was no creator and designer God. The bible says that the earth was formed before the sun, moon and stars, science says that the earth was formed after the sun and stars. The Bible says the plants and animals were created after their distinct kinds, science says plants and animals all came from yet lower live forms by way of genetic mutation and natural selection. The Bible indicates that the earth and the universe are relatively young, science says they are very old. The bible indicates that the earth is the center of the created universe, science, presently says there is no center. One could go on and on. The point is that modern science presents a very strong, one might add, rebellious, contradiction of Biblical revelation.
As to history and science, the author barely touches on the fact that Tycho Brahe, who was one of the greatest observational astronomers of his time, did not accept Copernican system and developed what might be called the Tychonian system with the earth remaining at the center of all motion. A modified Tychonian systems remains viable to this day and seems to align more accurately with all the experiments with light from Argo, Airy, Michelson and Morley, Michelson and Gale, the Sagnac effect. Who knows where science might be today if it had not turned aside to the Copernican system? But we, most likely, will never know.
In conclusion, the author starts with some interesting historical observations about the history of science, revealing a number of historical myths, but ends by setting out a false hope that science and religion (Christianity) will find common ground. In the face of this authors fantasy is the fact that the Bible predicts a falling away from the faith once delivered to the saints and a final rebellion against God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The final apostasy is well underway and is being supported by materialism, atheism and “science” falsely so called.