“There’s little doubt in my mind that Reid if he were alive today would be part of the intelligent design movement.”
Scientism is the idea that science is the ultimate path to knowledge and wisdom — the only sure path — and that the spiritual realm is a mirage.
Everything comes together in a message that includes a creation myth, a story of sin (ecological sin), a salvation story, and even resurrection and ascension.
In Copernicus’ day, the Earth was thought to be at the bottom of the universe, the “sump” where all the filth collected.
A skeptic might ask, “Couldn’t a more technologically advanced civilization develop new sources of fuel that require less mass?”