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Junk Mail

I received a tri-fold pamphlet in the mail the other day. It is from The Geocentric Bible Foundation, Inc. of Hugoton, Kansas. The pamphlet’s title reads:

Have Scientists Been Wrong For 400 Years?

Accompanied by a picture of the Earth just below the title, it reads:

This FREE book could turn your world around. See inside to learn how.

Here is what it says inside:

Now in this free book, you can learn what scientists haven’t been telling you for four centuries:

– That written evidence and ancient witnesses around the world record a time when an unusually long span of daylight or night occurred. But scientists cannot explain why this event did not cause massive earthquakes or coastal flooding.

– Why heliocentric scientists have been forced to develop their own geocentric models, such as those of Lense and Thirring and Barbour and Bertotti, in the name of Mach’s Principal and Relativity. An experiment underway right now is looking for the Lense-Thirring effect, an effect predicted by a Relativity-based geocentric model.

– That the mobility of the earth is the only place where science and The Bible have come into real conflict, and is the starting point for all churches that have compromised the authority of Scripture

– Why heliocentric scientists have failed to develop equations and counter-theories from the minds of brilliant physicists including Barbour and Bertotti. Equations that could lead to new understanding of the universe!

– Astronomers have deliberately ignored fundamental experimental results of the 1870’s and 1880’s that showed the earth to be standing still.

– That ALL PHENOMENA– including the stationary satellite thousands of miles above the earth – are better explained by geocentricity.

It continues ….

Literally dozens of Bible verses support the concept of the earth as a central point in God’s universe. Even skeptical believers can find compelling evidence in familiar and lesser-known passages in Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Judges, and more. As R.G. Elmendorf wrote in the Biblical Astronomer pamphlet: “The philosophical consequences of the geocentric/heliocentric controversy are plain enough that if the earth is not fixed on center stage of the universe, then life on earth and man himself are essentially meaningless.”

The back cover reads:

Where’s The Proof? Ever since the scientific community adopted heliocentrism as fact, attempts have been made to prove it. Some of these attempts should have worked. Remarkably, not only has NOT ONE of these attempts produced the proof, but also the results of all of them are consistent with the hypothesis that the earth is at rest. For more information, visit www.geocentricity.com

I think I can sum up this pamphlet as such:

They must have mistaken me for Ben Stein.

13 comments to Junk Mail

  • jcreigh

    I had a hard time trying to determine if that website is satire. I’ve reached the tentative conclusion that they’re serious, simple because of the large amount of material available.

    Although I suppose the comparision to ID works either way, it’s even better if they’re serious.

  • Exzyleph

    That’s nothing. Check the two volues of “Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right”:

    It even got a positive review by one of the guys behind geocentricity.com:
    There exists no better exposition of the history and science of geocentrism. Very highly recommended and a must for all those interested in the issues surrounding geocentrism today” (Gerardus Bouw, Ph.D., Astronomy)

  • Muero

    Please tell me you are getting the free book! I would love a review of it, if you can make it through without going crazy or giving up hope in humanity.

  • If this is real, it’s a poignant case of bending reality to fit deeply held beliefs. I wonder how they explain the periods of apparent retrograde motion of the planets.

    At least they aren’t trying to argue that the earth is flat…

  • Derek the K

    What a great website. Evolution is 4000 year old Babylonian mythology, but rocks can transform into new species. Completely logical.

    Its like these people are allergic to reason.

  • I hate it when creationists crap on my day.

  • rrichard

    What I really, truly want to see is their answer to the space program. I’m hoping for a long screed about the faked moon landing and some really crazy stuff when it comes to satellites and space shuttles.

  • i call Poe’s law on this one.

  • DLC

    Uh . . . right . . . After all, Heliocentrism is Just a Theory . . . Should I expect these people to start up a movement to “Teach the Controversy”?

    For pwnagepanda: I wish it was Poe’s law, but I don’t think so.

  • w_nightshade

    Wow, there are some excellent logical fllacy examples in there. It’s like an issue of Highlights for Children… “Can you find them all?”

  • mattdick

    Why do so many of these insane-crank websites use that same starfield as their background? There must be something in the delusional mind that is drawn to repeating patterns of white dots on a black background…

  • trumpetess

    I just can’t get over the fact that all their “evidence” is taken from a book whose authors can’t even be verified. So the Bible is written by God, and everything in it is the absolute truth because someone said so? And THIS is what all their “science” is based on?! But no, they pick and choose which things to take literally. They’re obviously not saying that the earth is flat, yet that is what it says in the Bible! Have these people ever stepped into a physics class??

    Wow…just, wow. This makes me sick.

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