The following press release just came across the newswire:
In the four centuries since Johannes Kepler first proposed his laws, Christians, Jews, Astronomy students, and other religious believers have grappled with how to make sense of them. Most have understood that Kepler’s laws and materialistic theories of planetary motion have profound theological implications, but their responses have varied dramatically.
Some have rejected revolutionary ideas outright; others, often called “theistic revolutionists,” have sought to reconcile materialist theories including Keplerism with their religious beliefs, but often at the cost of clarity, orthodoxy, or both.
“Too few people have carefully teased out the various scientific, philosophical, and theological claims at stake in believing that the earth revolves around the sun,” says Ray Hitchens, director of research for Stationary Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Culture & Science, and editor of God and Revolution. “As a result, the whole subject of God and revolution has been an enigma wrapped in a shroud of fuzz and surrounded by a blanket of fog. To help clear the air, we are no longer denying that our motivations for rejecting it are completely religious.”
God and Revolution includes chapters by Willard Rembski, author of The Decline of Revolution; Steve Meyerson, author of Signature in the Solar System: Epicycles and the Evidence for Intelligent Design; Denise O’Lambert, co-author of The Spiraling Drain; Davis Hoffenkling, editor of Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Solar System; John Wellington, author of Icons of Revolution; and Jonathan East, author of Kepler Day in America;
The book is a response to growing efforts by some Keplerists to enlist the support of the faith community by downplaying Keplerism’s core principles. Chapters of the book detail the failures of theistic revolution, address the problem of retrograde motion, and explain how intelligent design is consonant with orthodox belief in the fixity of the earth.
God and Revolution is ideal for use in small groups and classes, and each chapter comes with discussion questions to facilitate group use. Additional resources, including video clips for educational use, are available at www.faithandrevolution.org.
(This post is satire)