Monday, January 7, 2019

"Unbelievable" By Michael Newton Keas




Historian of science exposes the lies of Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and others

What do Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Carl Sagan have in common? ­These famous popularizers of science have all spread stories to suggest that science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries - that ­religion is anti-science. There’s just one problem: these stories are pure myth.

Now, Michael Newton Keas, a historian of science, explodes the 7 most popular and pernicious myths about science and religion. In the new book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion, Keas debunks the myths and shows how they have infiltrated science textbooks and popular culture. He reveals:

·    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 the fact that he was executed for theological reasons, not scientific ones; and

·    How a new myth is being positioned to replace religion - a futuristic myth that sounds scientific but isn’t.

The 7 myths Keas debunks in Unbelievable amount to little more than religion bashing - especially Christianity bashing. In exposing these myths, Keas shows that the real history is much more interesting than the common narrative of religion at war with science.

ABOUT Michael Newton Keas, PhD: Keas 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.

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