Cosmos episode 3 – When Ideology Conquers Truth

review of Cosmos episode 3 – When Knowledge Conquers Fear,

The continued historical revisionism is getting old. Why not present actual evidence for the atheist worldview being promoted?

Good blog by Jay Richards: Now It’s Newton: Ideology Continues to Trump History in Cosmos

Last night’s third installment of Cosmos was, on the surface, less evangelizing in its materialism than were the first two installments. The best, truest segments of the episode were those that stick closely to the evidence. I enjoyed the discussion of the Oort cloud, and the narrative thread about Isaac Newton, Robert Hooke, and Edmund Halley.

Unfortunately, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmos producers have enshrouded this basic science with the same materialist narrative we’ve come to expect. Pre-modern peoples universally see false patterns and portents in the heavens, and invariably see the irregular specter of comets as portents of doom. We get the stereotypical contrast between a “prescientific world ruled by fear” — signaled by a cartoon drawing of a malevolent figure wearing a bishop’s miter — and the emergence of modern science, which finally delivered us from such obscurantism.

This way of framing the history of science, however, requires a great deal of distortion and misrepresentation, especially when it comes to the figure of Isaac Newton. With Newton, the Cosmos writers encountered a dilemma: Either ignore his frankly religious and theistic view of reality, or misrepresent and compartmentalize it. They chose the latter course.

Newton, says Tyson, was a “a God-loving man, he was also a genius.” The very construction of the sentence subtly suggests a contrast between “God-loving” and “genius.” One wonders whether an earlier draft of the script said “a God loving man, but also a genius.”

When Newton was born, Tyson explains, people thought the Solar System had been created by God. In the Principia, which Tyson describes as the “opening pages of modern science,” Newton succeeds in replacing God, that master clockmaker, with … gravity.

This would have been surprising to Newton. And it would be surprising to any literate reader of the Principia, and especially the section known as the General Scholium. There, Newton argued from the very clockwork of the Solar System to the activity and existence of a transcendent God.

Newton’s own words describing the attributes of the creation and of the Creator (from his General Scholium). To imply that Newton replaced the watchmaker God with the watchmaker Gravity is absurd and deceitful.

The six primary Planets are revolv’d about the Sun, in circles concentric with the Sun, and with motions directed towards the same parts and almost in the same plane. Ten Moons are revolv’d about the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, in circles concentric with them, with the same direction of motion, and nearly in the planes of the orbits of those Planets. But it is not to be conceived that mere mechanical causes could give birth to so many regular motions: since the Comets range over all parts of the heavens, in very eccentric orbits. For by that kind of motion they pass easily through the orbs of the Planets, and with great rapidity; and in their aphelions, where they move the slowest, and are detain’d the longest, they recede to the greatest distances from each other, and thence suffer the least disturbance from their mutual attractions. This most beautiful System of the Sun,  planets, and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. And if the fixed Stars are the centers of other like systems, these being form’d by the like wise counsel, must be all subject to the dominion [389] of One; especially since the light of the fixed Stars is of the same nature with the light of the Sun, and from every system light passes into all the other systems. And lest the systems of the fixed Stars should, by their gravity, fall on each other mutually, he hath placed those Systems at immense distances from one another.

This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all: And on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God, or Universal Ruler. For God is a relative word, and has a respect to servants; and Deity is the dominion of God, not over his own body, as those imagine who fancy God to be the soul of the world, but over servants. The supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect; but a being, however perfect, without dominion, cannot be said to be Lord God; for we say, my God, your God, the God of Israel, the God of Gods, and Lord of Lords; but we do not say, my Eternal, your Eternal, the Eternal of Israel, the Eternal of Gods; we do not say, my Infinite, or my Perfect: These are titles which have no respect to servants. The word God usually signifies Lord; but every lord is not a God. It is the dominion of a spiritual being which constitutes a God; a true, supreme, or imaginary dominion makes a true, supreme, or imaginary God. And from his true dominion it follows, that the true God is a Living, Intelligent and Powerful Being; and from his other perfections, that he is Supreme or most Perfect. He is Eternal and Infinite, Omnipotent and Omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from Eternity to Eternity; his [390] presence from Infinity to Infinity; he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is not Eternity and Infinity, but Eternal and Infinite; he is not Duration and Space, but he endures and is present. He endures for ever, and is every where present; and by existing always and every where, he constitutes Duration and Space.

Newton was not the only great scientist to believe in the Bible, there were many.  Louis Pasteur disproved abiogenesis (life from non-life) by experiment.  However note how wikipedia *must* allow for abiogenesis “at least once” in order to avoid the obvious conclusion, which is, science requires a Creator.


Biogenesis is the production of new living organisms or organelles. The law of biogenesis, attributed to Louis Pasteur, is the observation that living things come only from other living things, by reproduction (e.g. a spider lays eggs, which develop into spiders). That is, life does not arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous generation. This is summarized in the phrase Omne vivum ex vivo, Latin for “all life [is] from life.” A related statement is Omnis cellula e cellula, “all cells [are] from cells;” this observation is one of the central statements of cell theory.

The term biogenesis was coined by Henry Charlton Bastian to mean the generation of a life form from nonliving materials, however, Thomas Henry Huxley chose the term abiogenesis and redefined biogenesis for life arising from preexisting life. The generation of life from non-living material is called abiogenesis, and has occurred at least once in the history of the Earth, or in the history of the Universe (see panspermia), when life first arose.

However, Pasteur would disagree that abiogenesis ever occurred:

After obtaining his results, Pasteur stated: “La génération spontanée est une chimère” (“Spontaneous generation is a dream”).

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