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“All the spheres revolve about the sun as their mid-point, and therefore the sun is the __________________.”

Nicholas Copernicus

center of the universe


Paraphrase: “Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: ‘O sun, stand still ... The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”

Martin Luther

o God stopped the sun in the middles of the sky


• “I think that in disputes about natural phenomena one must begin NOT with the authority of scriptural passages, but with sensory experience and necessary demonstrations [science] ... after becoming certain of some physical conclusions, we should use these as very appropriate __________ to the correct interpretation of Scripture.”




• “I do not think one has to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, language, and intellect would want us to set aside the use of these ... Indeed, who wants the human mind put to death? . . .When one is in possession of this [scientific information] it too is a ____________.’


gift from God


• “The Scripture “speak[s] ___________ of the earth, water, sun, or other created thing ... sciences [are] discussed in Scripture to a very minor extent and with disconnected statements; such is precisely the case of astronomy, so little of which is contained therein that one does not find there even the names of the planets, except for the sun, the moon, and only once or twice Venus, under the name Morning Star.”




• “Propositions dictated by the Holy Spirit were expressed by the sacred writers in such a way as to ____________the capacities of the very unrefined and undisciplined masses ... in order not to sow confusion into the minds of the common people and make them more obstinate against dogmas involving higher mysteries ... Indeed I shall further say that it was not only respect for popular inability, but also the current opinion of those times ... This doctrine [accommodation] is so commonplace and so definite among all theologians that it would be superfluous to present any testimony for it.”




Galileo's quote on Cardinal Baronio's hermeneuitcal aphorism (message-incident principle)

“The intention of the Holy Spirit is to teach us how one goes to heaven, and not how heaven goes.”


• “The word ______________[in the Bible] is literally very appropriate for the stellar sphere [ie, the sphere of fixed stars] and everything above the planetary orbs, which is totally still and motionless according to this arrangement [Copernican astronomy].”




• “Galileo’s judges, incapable of dissociating __________ from an ________________, believed quite wrongly that the adoption of the Copernican revolution, was such as to undermine Catholic tradition.”

Cardinal Paul Poupard

faith age-old cosmology


[1] heaven is like a sphere and the earth is enclosed by it and suspended in the middle of the universe, or whether

[2] heaven like a disk above the earth covers it over on one side?

2 Diagrams to draw

1.) Heavens in a sphere
2.) 3-tier universe


• “It can be shown clearly in many other ways that a ____________ came upon the earth ... these things were explained by Moses [traditional author of the Book of Genesis]. For even today in mountains that are lofty and difficult to climb, _________________remains are found; this is, shells and fragments of tortoise shells and other such things, which even ourselves have seen.”

Procopius of Gaza

universal flood marine


• “A question arises how wild animals, propagated by ordinary mating, like were destroyed by the Flood were replaced by others descended from the animals, male and female, which were saved in the ark. (There is no problem in regard to domestic animals or to those which, like frogs, spring directly from the ______________.)

St. Augustine



• Another possibility is that, by the command or permission of God and with the help of ______________, the animals could have been transferred to the islands.

St. Augustine



• “Captivated by the new understanding of the world developed by Galileo, Kepler, and later Newton, scholars expanded their understanding of the course of creation and the flood in terms of an intricate machine-like earth, attributing its motion, behaviour, and history to mechanical action among discrete particles. The results of their new learning turned up in numerous global deluge [flood] theories published during the late 17th and early 18th ________________ of mainstream theoretical earth science in Europe.”

Davis Young

flood was at the center


• “By the beginning of the 19th century, the interpretation of geological strata had changed radically. Virtually ________________ thought that the thick sequences of stratified sedimentary rocks so evident in quarries, cliffs, and mountains had anything to do with the flood.”

Davis Young

no established geologist


• Basic Geological column we have today was established by ______________



• “Would any two workmen ever hit on so beautiful, so simple, & yet so artificial a contrivance [Ant Lion pitfall]? It cannot be thought so. The one hand has surely worked throughout the universe. A Geologist perhaps would suggest that the _________________ have been distinct & remote the one from the other; that the Creator rested in his labor.”


periods of creation


• “I had gradually come by this time [Oct 1836 to Jan 1839], to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly [clear] _______________ of the world, with the Tower of Babel [Gen 11], the rainbow as a sign [Gen 9], etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or any barbarian.”


false history


• “By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles [ie, Personal Interventionism] by which Christianity is supported,
o [1] that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,
o [2] that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,
o [3] that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,––that they differ in many important details, far too important it seems to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses;
• by such reflections as these [1-3], which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I came to _________________.”


disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation


• “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work worthy of the interposition [ie, a divine intervention] of a deity, more humble & I believe truer to consider him created _____________.”


from animals


• “Authors of the highest eminence [ie, progressive creationists] seem to be fully satisfied with the view that each species has been independently created. To my mind it accords better with what we know of the laws impressed on matter _______________, that the production and extinction of the past and present inhabitants of the world should have been due to secondary causes like those determining the birth and death of the individual.”


by the creator


• “There is grandeur in this [evolutionary] view of life, with its several powers, having been _______________ into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone on cycling according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”


originally breathed


• “With respect to the theological view of the question. This is always painful to me. I am bewildered. I had no intention to write ________________.”




• “I am aware that the conclusions arrived at in this work will be denounced by some as highly irreligious; but he who denounces them is bound to shew why it is more irreligious to explain the origin of man as a distinct species by descent from some lower form, through the laws of variation and natural selection, than to explain the birth of the individual through the laws of ordinary reproduction. The birth both of the species and of the individual are equally parts of that grand sequence of events, which our minds refuse to accept as the result of ______________.


blind chance


• “Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wondrous universe, including man with his capacity of looking backwards and far into futurity, as a result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a _______________.”




o “_________________ ... I may state that my judgment often fluctuates ... In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an _____________in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally (and more & more as I grow older), BUT NOT ALWAYS [my capitals], that an _____________ would be the more correct description of my state of mind.”


It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent theist & an evolutionist




o “In the course of that conversation I said to Dr. Darwin, with reference to some of his own remarkable works on the ‘Fertilization of Orchids’ and upon ‘The Earthworms,’ and various other observations he made of the wonderful contrivances for certain purposes in nature–– I said it was impossible to look at these without seeing that they were the effect and the expression of mind. I shall never forget Mr. Darwin’s answer. He looked at me very hard and said, ‘Well, that often comes over me with _____________; but at other times,’ and he shook his head vaguely, adding, ‘_________________.’”


Overwhelming force

it seems to go away


• “When the first couple were punished by the judgment of God, the whole human race,which was to become Adam’s posterity through the first woman, was present in ________________.”

St. Augustine

the first man


• “There is question of another conjectural opinion, namely _______________, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either:
o that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or
o that Adam represents a certain number of first parents [polygenism].

St. Augustine



• “Today, nearly half a century after the publication of the encyclical [i.e., Pius XII], new knowledge leads to the recognition of the theory of evolution as ________________”

Pope John Paul II

more than a hypothesis.