I think it’s funny that Pope John Paul II is set to receive an honorary degree from Nicholas Copernicus University in his native Poland, four hundred years after the very same Vatican he now runs condemned Nicholas Copernicus to hell for discovering that the Earth revolved around the sun.
That’s what I don’t get about Christianity.
How can someone be damned to hell for discovering the truth?
Maybe it dates back to the whole Garden of Eden thing. That tree that God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from was called, probably not so coincidently, the tree of knowledge.
See, the precedent was set then.
The real question is, why wouldn’t God want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge? I can see someone not wanting them to eat from the tree of “poisonous apples” or the tree of “irritable bowel”, but the tree of knowledge?
God must love being the smartest guy in the room.
But despite what you might think, evidently that isn't always a given that he will be.
They say he is a jealous and vengeful God but jealously is a sign of insecurity and although I could never grasp what a Gods shortcomings could be, I am starting to think that maybe we’re on to something here.
Actually the better question is why doesn’t God want you to be educated? Why doesn’t he want you to know that the earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, that the four basic elements that make up everything in the universe aren’t earth, air, fire and water and that you really can’t fit 2 of every living creature on the earth into an Ark.
Maybe the only enjoyment God gets out of the world anymore is laughing at people who confuse having faith with being resolutely backward.
Now that would be a reason he would be pissed off that you ate from the tree of knowledge.
In 1992, a Pope finally got around to formally admitting that the church fucked up when it condemned Galileo for supporting Copernicus' theory, which had been denounced in 1616 as dangerous for the faith.
Copernicus' book, the one that started it all, "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium," remained on the church's Index of prohibited books until 1822.
It took 376 years and how many Popes (31 actually) for one to be humble enough to admit that God didn’t make the sun stand still for Joshua so that he could kill more Gibeonites.
The Pope said being awarded an honorary degree, was a gesture, “a sign of dialogue” but admitted that science and religion were still, after all these years, grappling to find common ground.
He then said, it was necessary "for men and women not to walk alone but to try to confirm their own intuition through dialogue with others when reaching the truth on their own."
Whatever that means.
I hate Yoda speak.
”He who walks alone, walks by himself.”
What the fuck?
I wish someone would’ve asked him, “since you let Galileo leave hell in 1992, can Copernicus can come out now too?”