Those who believed that the Holy Scriptures were completely inerrant were dealt a severe blow of confidence, the authority of the Word of God began to swiftly erode, the faith of multitudes was shipwrecked, since not only did Scripture declare the motion of the sun, planets and stars around a stationary earth and a relatively small universe compared to today's theories (Ptolemy even delineated the relative distances from earth of the stars and planets), but the undivided testimony of the Church Fathers, especially Saint Basil and Saint John Damascene, all the way to the early eighth century and beyond, testified of the same...
Protestants in the main justify the acceptance of Pythagorean Cosmology by Copernicus and Galileo by stating that the Scripture IS inerrant, yet it is NOT a book of science ( whatever that means... an irreconcilable dichotomy of schizophrenic proportions, it appears).. They also claim that when Scripture mentions obviously an increase in the last days of INFORMATION (the imagery used is of heralds " running to and fro increasing information exchange/ knowledge"), they invariably interpret this "knowledge" as " gnostic awareness/ scientific knowledge", which the passage clearly does not admit of...
The Apostle Paul warns us about " science falsely so-called" and heathen " vain philosophy", though Justyn Martyr and Clement of Alexandria in their capacity of being " all things to all men in order to save some" still qualify Christian philosophical speculation as something entirely alien to the Pythagorean and the Platonic; or any OTHER of the heathen philosophical strains..
Plato's " logos", as he himself admits, is Hermes/Mercury, whom Saint Paul clearly denies as divine when rejecting the personal appelatives of Jupiter and Mercury on his and Barnabas' journey through Lystra, and in other passages ( including King David's statement to the same effect) explicitely stating that ALL the gods of the heathen ( including Plato's hermes and zeus) were actually demons..
Yet in all this confusion throughout Christendom that resulted from the revival of Apollonian Pythagoreanism during the time of Copernicus and Galileo, very few voices were heard, and fewer still raised, to the contrary... The question posed is, can an Orthodox Christian who takes seriously the Fountain of Knowledge of John Damascene and the Hexaemeron of Saint Basil, and the undivided testimony of the Early, and early medieval, Church, at the same time subscribe to the Cosmology of Pythagoras? If they can and do, then at what cost to Scripture and Faith?
Edited by Olga, 26 June 2012 - 11:17 PM.
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