Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New 'Intelligent Falling' Theory

KANSAS CITY, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.


Rev. Gabriel Burdett explains Intelligent Falling.

"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

Burdett added: "Gravity—which is taught to our children as a law—is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, 'I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.' Of course, he is alluding to a higher power."

Founded in 1987, the ECFR is the world's leading institution of evangelical physics, a branch of physics based on literal interpretation of the Bible.

According to the ECFR paper published simultaneously this week in the International Journal Of Science and the adolescent magazine God's Word For Teens!, there are many phenomena that cannot be explained by secular gravity alone, including such mysteries as how angels fly, how Jesus ascended into Heaven, and how Satan fell when cast out of Paradise.

The ECFR, in conjunction with the Christian Coalition and other Christian conservative action groups, is calling for public-school curriculums to give equal time to the Intelligent Falling theory. They insist they are not asking that the theory of gravity be banned from schools, but only that students be offered both sides of the issue "so they can make an informed decision."

"We just want the best possible education for Kansas' kids," Burdett said.

Proponents of Intelligent Falling assert that the different theories used by secular physicists to explain gravity are not internally consistent. Even critics of Intelligent Falling admit that Einstein's ideas about gravity are mathematically irreconcilable with quantum mechanics. This fact, Intelligent Falling proponents say, proves that gravity is a theory in crisis.

"Let's take a look at the evidence," said ECFR senior fellow Gregory Lunsden."In Matthew 15:14, Jesus says, 'And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.' He says nothing about some gravity making them fall—just that they will fall. Then, in Job 5:7, we read, 'But mankind is born to trouble, as surely as sparks fly upwards.' If gravity is pulling everything down, why do the sparks fly upwards with great surety? This clearly indicates that a conscious intelligence governs all falling."

Critics of Intelligent Falling point out that gravity is a provable law based on empirical observations of natural phenomena. Evangelical physicists, however, insist that there is no conflict between Newton's mathematics and Holy Scripture.

"Closed-minded gravitists cannot find a way to make Einstein's general relativity match up with the subatomic quantum world," said Dr. Ellen Carson, a leading Intelligent Falling expert known for her work with the Kansan Youth Ministry. "They've been trying to do it for the better part of a century now, and despite all their empirical observation and carefully compiled data, they still don't know how."

"Traditional scientists admit that they cannot explain how gravitation is supposed to work," Carson said. "What the gravity-agenda scientists need to realize is that 'gravity waves' and 'gravitons' are just secular words for 'God can do whatever He wants.'"

Some evangelical physicists propose that Intelligent Falling provides an elegant solution to the central problem of modern physics.

"Anti-falling physicists have been theorizing for decades about the 'electromagnetic force,' the 'weak nuclear force,' the 'strong nuclear force,' and so-called 'force of gravity,'" Burdett said. "And they tilt their findings toward trying to unite them into one force. But readers of the Bible have already known for millennia what this one, unified force is: His name is Jesus."


Source:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/evangelical-scientists-refute-grav...


Personal note: Who said that the science was settled on the issue of gravity? :P


For those who didn't realize, it's just a satire. But let's think positive! Maybe a new class of science deniers will emerge and public schools will soon teach Intelligent Falling.

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Tags: Falling, Gravity, Intelligent, Onion, The, Theory

Comment by Jason on November 24, 2010 at 11:58am
My blood boiled until I read to the end - damn onion.
Comment by Reggie on November 24, 2010 at 12:44pm
Who said that the science was settled on the issue of gravity? :P

It most definitely is not! Gravity is less understood than evolution. If creationists were able to follow their own, twisted logic, they would turn this satire into reality.
Comment by Velogiraptor on November 24, 2010 at 1:58pm
This link should be spread far and wide.
Comment by Jason Paisley on November 24, 2010 at 2:32pm
hilarious.
Comment by Lindsey on November 24, 2010 at 2:43pm
I'm totally going to send this to all of my pro Intelligent Design friends/family. Lets see them shoot down that logic
Comment by Alexander Jason Cherry on November 24, 2010 at 3:41pm
another satire: http://q-pheevr.livejournal.com/33337.html
Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on November 24, 2010 at 6:18pm
When I first started reading, I thought to myself, "I hope this is from the Onion..." sure enough. People are idiots.
Comment by James on November 24, 2010 at 8:27pm
I was reading in utter shock and disbelief that theist could stoop to that level of stupidity... Then I saw it was from the Onion. The Onion really is great though!
Comment by Victoria on November 24, 2010 at 10:09pm
Another good one from The Onion! :)
Comment by Lisa on November 25, 2010 at 1:25am
Actually, I wasn't surprised. I've read some really dumbass theories before, this just sounded like a few more of them!

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