Praised be Jesus and Mary!
Dear Mr. Sungenis,
I have your wonderful book, "Galileo was Wrong, the Church was Right". Although it is quite above my head in many respects it is certainly a marvelous reference book and provides a wealth of details to help refute non-geocentrists.
In one such debate however, the gentlemen very validly I think, has pointed to what appears to be contradictory:
I had quoted from your book:
"... the celestial mechanics of geocentrism, in fact, does not claim that the stars move faster than light. Geocentrism says only that the universe rotates around the Earth once per day, and in that rotation it carries the stars with it. Thus, compared to the universe within which they are contained, the stars are not moving at all, save for their minuscule independent movements.He replied:
This paragraph also seems to contradict itself, because it says it doesn't claim the stars move faster than light, then it says the universe rotates around the earth once per day. So according to present scientific theory the stars would have to travel faster than light to fulfill the condition.
How would you attempt to resolve the apparent contradiction?
Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and God bless.
Yours in Christ and His Mother,
If we are speaking of dynamic forces (e.g., gravity, centrifugal, Coriolis, Euler), then there is a difference between all the stars revolving (around the earth) against a fixed universe as opposed to a universe of stars rotating around the earth.
The reason is that, the universe (without the stars) has mass, and a great amount of it, at least according to Quantum Mechanics. In fact, even General Relativity and Newtonian mechanics requires 95% more matter in the universe other than the stars, although they say we can't see it.
In effect, a star moving at the speed of light independently of the universe is a lot different than saying the universe is revolving at the speed of light around the earth.
Next, modern science does not say that matter cannot go faster than light. That is only true for Special Relativity Theory, not General Relativity Theory. In the latter, matter can go at any speed, depending on the gravity or centrifugal force present (and it just so happens that gravity and centrifugal force are equivalent in the General theory).
In geocentrism we state that, according to modern science, there is no problem in saying that the universe rotates around the earth every 24 hours. The reason is two-fold:
1) the tremendous Planck-dimension mass of the universe (which Quantum Mechanics says exists) will allow the universe to rotate a billion times faster than 24 hours and still not fall apart from the centrifugal force, since Planck scales are very stable.
2) General Relativity holds that any revolution around the Earth past the radius of the distance to Saturn would not add any more dynamic forces, due to the Schwarzchild radius being located there. The forces would be the same at Saturn to the edge of the universe.
It would not be as easy to say the stars themselves revolve around the Earth at such speeds, since, independently, they do not have the mass structure to allow them to do so without their nucleons falling apart. Stars are composed of protons and electrons, which are 20 magnitudes bigger than Planck particles.
Let me know if that helps.