SCIENCE’S WAR ON RELIGION
What do Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Carl Sagan have in common? These famous popularizers of science all spread stories to suggest that religion is antiscience, and that science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries. There’s just one problem: they lied!
Science historian, Michael Newton Keas, explodes the 7 most popular myths in his book Unbelievable and shows how they infiltrated science textbooks and popular culture.
The 7 Myths Keas Debunks:
- Why the “Dark Ages” never happened
- Why we didn’t need Christopher Columbus to prove the earth was round
- Why Copernicus would be shocked to learn that he supposedly demoted humans from the center of the universe
- What everyone gets wrong about Galileo’s clash with the Church, and why it matters today
- Why the vastness of the universe does not deal a blow to religious belief in human significance
- How the popular account of Giordano Bruno as a “martyr for science” ignores that he was executed for theological reasons, and not scientific ones, and
- How a new myth is being positioned to replace religion, a futuristic myth that sounds scientific actually is not
About Michael Newton Keas
Michael Newton Keas, PhD, is a senior fellow at Discovery Institute and a former Fulbright scholar. He holds a PhD in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma and serves as lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at Biola University.