It’s disturbing to think how much of the “debate” about cosmological and biological origins is fueled by myths. In the context of intelligent design, Darwinists equate ID with creationism and associate it with a range of cultural stereotypes, all in a bid to evade grappling with the evidence and the arguments for design. This is familiar.
Myths about history, specifically the history of science and religion, are likewise influential and cherished by materialists. But until now, they have not received the critical treatment they deserve.
In a forthcoming book, science historian Michael Keas applies keen wit and fresh scholarship to this important subject. The book is Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. It’s out on January 7 from ISI Books, and you can pre-order it now at a cool 50 percent discount if you order directly from the publisher — as opposed to the inscrutable Amazon where it’s listed at full price. That’s $13.98 versus $27.95. Your choice.
If you’re in Colorado you can also see Dr. Keas himself speaking this week — Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Colorado State University and Thursday at 7 pm at Colorado Christian University. These are both free events but since space is limited you must register in advance.
Religion as a Retarding Force?
Keas is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, and we also know him as a host for the ID the Future podcast. Rob Crowther has turned the tables and interviewed Dr. Keas about his book at the CSC Insiders Briefing back in August.
The book is great! The myths that come up for dissection in Unbelievable include the ideas that a vast and ancient universe possibly including extraterrestrial intelligence is at odds with traditions of religious belief and that the assumption of a “Flat Earth” was predominant in European science until the middle of the last millennium. Mike Keas skewers myths about Galileo, Copernicus, Giordano Bruno, and much more. The purpose behind all of these fictions is to cast religion falsely as a retarding force on science.
Science showmen like Bill Nye and Neil deGrass Tyson have used their own personal celebrity to advance such myths, echoed by the loyal media. But scientists themselves, who can be the rankest of amateurs when it comes to history, join in as well in pushing falsehoods on a credulous public. Setting the historical record straight is a long overdue job that Michael Keas has now undertaken, and he has done a splendid job of it.
You’ll be hearing much more about Unbelievable. But do take a moment to pre-order now since you never know how long that half-off discount will last before it disappears.
Image at top: Flat Earth, by JooJoo41, via Pixabay.