April 16

The Literature and Language of the Chaldeans

Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

(Daniel 1:3-4) ESV

We’re going to use the phrase “the literature and language of the Chaldeans” as a euphemism for popular science (SciPop), a false narrative of godless existence.

To illustrate this we’ll focus on Sir Isaac Newton. This is one of his famous quotes:

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

– Sir Isaac Newton

Guess what? Newton was guessing when he said that. It’s a rationalization of what he did, not a profound insight. The way in which Newton uses the word guess is synonymous with the word hope.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

(Hebrews 11:1) ESV

If you can see something you don’t have to hope for it, so it doesn’t require faith. If you can’t see something you have to hope for it, which is what faith is. The great discovery wasn’t the result of a guess, it was what he hoped for as an outcome. The guess was making a plausible link between his premise and the outcome. In this case his premise was that the mass of an object is the cause of it’s gravitational field, the outcome is that this summarizes a broad class of observations. The problem is that this isn’t the cause of gravity, it’s an effect of gravity.

Newton didn’t make any great discoveries, he made bold guesses and called them great discoveries. He was demonstrating how SciPop uses faith. He didn’t deduce a conclusion, he induced the rationale that linked his premise to the narrative. It was a precursor to the Hawking Effect.

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