This method had been gaining ground since Copernicus published On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres in 1543. Rationalism calls into question the idea that the universe has a place for everything and that God has put everything in its place. … Using this worldview, any kind of religious teaching that goes beyond scientific observation cannot be known for certain and must be interpreted as a metaphor for the individual or the community. Creation, miracles, the resurrection of Christ, and the Last Day become hidden in doubt. Thus Rationalism runs contrary to Scripture (1 Corinthians 15).Hmmm, it seems that the editor(s) who wrote this (Schaum?, Hellwege?, Manteufel?) should be meeting with his own CTCR committee and explain to them again what Rationalism is. Or maybe they have already tried to get their LCMS to listen, but the LCMS "would not". (Luke 13:34)
This subject is in the end not so much about Copernicanism as it is about the Inspiration, Infallibility, and Inerrancy of Holy Scripture.
"Josh", I later returned again to my Christian faith as my blog has recounted elsewhere. I returned to attend LC-MS church services with my father before he passed away of old age... but there was still something not quite right... I had to search it out because there still seemed to be some reason for doubt, but I found that Martin Luther spoke so forcefully of Christianity, a forcefulness that leaves one wondering "How can he be so certain?". So God directed me to the readings from the father of the Missouri Synod, C.F.W. Walther... and oh! my faith was made whole for Walther was just like Luther... he was absolutely certain in his Christian faith, and he preached of certainty! But from where came this certainty? It came from a certain, inspired, infallible, inerrant, ... Bible. But what does the Bible say, what does it teach?
And so I say to you "Josh", that I did not leave the LC-MS over the issue of Copernicanism, I left it over the Doctrine of Justification. It is this doctrine that the Bible teaches above all others. It is this doctrine that man cannot fathom by himself, 1 Cor. 2:9. This verse explains why the Holy Scriptures are indispensable, and the Doctrine of Justification, or what Pieper hammers home ad nauseum, the vicarious satisfaction, is what the Bible's chief message is... what Luther brought to light again, what Walther brings again to our modern world. It is this doctrine, a message of pure grace, that is the real reason why I left the LC-MS. And for any persons among the members of the old Synodical Conference (including the LC-MS, WELS, and ELS) that think their church body has not faltered on the Doctrine of Justification, then I would ask them: “Why were none of the presenters at the 2015 Emmaus Conference on Objective Justification professors from any of their seminaries? Why cannot any of the teachers of their future pastors defend 'Objective Justification'?” – Is it because they aren't sure about it?… not sure about… the Gospel?
|“I envy believers”|
“In general, I envy believers. I am 90, and [am] being overcome by illnesses. For believers, it is easier to deal with them and with life's other hardships. But what can be done? I cannot believe in resurrection after death.”Ginzburg is perhaps the best spokesman for unbelieving scientists. Oh, but why would he envy believers? Did he not even admit that believers can "deal with ... hardships", even with "death" (John 8:51)? He speaks as to why unbelievers are so antagonistic to Christianity (John 8:37). He would say elsewhere that "I was saved by the hydrogen bomb". The saddest part is that his unbelief was absolutely unnecessary for he too had a Saviour, a Saviour for whom God so loved the world (John 3:16), a Reconciler for him also (2 Cor. 5:19), even if he would not believe. Jesus tells us about the likes of these when he answered the Jews who would hold up their heritage of "our father Abraham" before God:
John 8:56 – Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.The only religion that "science" is fighting is Christianity, notwithstanding various attempts to group other "religions" with it. For it is Christianity that is the only true religion. And it is Christianity that they, the "science falsely so called" (1 Tim. 6:20), will fight until the Last Day.
Dear "Josh"! I end this with the exchange we had by emails almost a year ago:
- "Josh": "Do you have any advice for me while I sort out these issues?"
- BTL: "You must maintain your reverence for Holy Scripture. It is the life blood of our faith as Christians. We have no other spiritual defense of our faith than Holy Scripture. Deny Scripture ... and you will lose faith in Christ's vicarious satisfaction.