Seeing but not Perceiving
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.(Isaiah 6:9) KJV
Johannes Kepler was hired by Tycho Brahe as a mathematician to analyze the extensive charts and tables which documented Brahe’s observations of the cosmos.
Brahe had made meticulous records which reflected the empirical reality: Earth is at the center of the cosmos. The problem was that the simplified model he had made, with circular planetary orbits, wasn’t able to predict planetary motion accurately. He knew something wasn’t right so he hired Kepler to figure it out.
Brahe was afraid that Kepler would use his observations to prove the speculative model of heliocentricity. According to the historical narrative, that’s what happened. But was it really that simple?
Kepler made calculations based on Brahe’s observations and showed that the planetary orbits aren’t circular, as Brahe had supposed, but elliptical. This was the reason why Brahe’s model didn’t work. What’s fascinating is that Kepler showed that the sun is at one focus of elliptical planetary orbits. Ellipses have two foci. Kepler didn’t identify a source of gravity at the second focus, nor give any reason as to WHY the orbits were elliptical. This is the part which is peculiar.
If Brahe’s observations of a Geocentrospheric cosmos were interpreted by Kepler to show that the sun is at one focus of planetary orbits, and the planetary system being observed is rotating around the Earth every day, isn’t it obvious that the Earth is the second focus?
It’s possible that no one saw the weakness in Kepler’s laws because God, in his wisdom, caused them not to. In this case the development of the heliocentric theory is part of a strong delusion given so that people can believe the lie of godless existence. Kepler may or may not have known what he was doing, but we must allow for the possibility that Kepler was a critical part of the working out of God’s plan and he may have acted selflessly.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.(John 15:13) KJV