Documentary “The Principle”
Makes Shock Claim:
Earth at Center of Universe?
In the last few years, cosmology — i.e. the scientific study of the origin of the universe (and its fate) — has found itself in a serious crisis. And those aren’t my words.
Those are the words of some of the most prominent physicists and cosmologists in the world: George Ellis, Michio Kaku, Julian Barbour, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmark.
So what’s the crisis?
In recent years new data from space has come in — thanks to state-of-the-art space observatories that have gone into orbit — and this data shows something shocking: the Earth and our solar system are at the center — yes, the center — of the universe.
It turns out we’re not so insignificant after all.
This new data contradicts an important element of the Copernicus Principle — which states that the Earth is not in the center of the universe and is in a random, insignificant corner of the galaxy — a principle that has been used for several hundred years.
However, a new documentary called The Principle interviews all of the physicists listed above, as well as many other physicists, and it explains everything: the new data, how it shows the Earth’s location and orientation with the rest of the universe, and how physicists are responding to all of it.
The film examines startling observations gathered from new technology (i.e. the Planck space observatory, which was launched in 2009 and had its CMB data released in 2013), such as: 1) the galaxies in the universe are arranged in concentric shells around the location of the Earth; 2) the axis of the universe, as detected in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), is oriented to the Earth; and 3) the carefully calibrated fine tuning across all of the cosmos seem to be designed to sustain life on Earth.
(Note: I encourage you to read the comments below after reading this article. The executive producer of the film left an extensive, detailed comment that explains how this new development in cosmology relates to the expansion model of the universe.)
I wrote a very in-depth review of the documentary and explained everything above in detail (though even my review doesn’t do it all justice). The documentary isn’t widely released in theaters yet, but it is playing in Los Angeles this weekend (weekend of 1/23/15) at the AMC theater in Burbank inside of the Town Center mall at 201 East Magnolia Blvd. (park in the free mall parking, go inside to 3rd floor.); 770 N. 1st St; or 125 East Palm Ave. It is also showing in Orange County at the AMC on 20 City Blvd. West Orange.
You can also enter a contest to win tickets to one of these upcoming premiers.
The film is also having a premier this weekend in Spokane, Washington, Friday, January 23, 2015. It will be having another premier in Dallas, Texas, next week on February 5, 2015, and it’s possible it will see a wider release into theaters this year. To keep up with the latest, go to the film’s official website or Facebook page.
So why haven’t you heard about of all this yet?
Well, as it turns out, the science community (and other communities too, actually) have a lot invested — money, careers, reputations — in the Copernicus model and its assumption that the Earth is in a random, insignificant location of the universe. There is a tremendous amount of resistance to the idea that the Earth is special — that we are significant — especially from those who have a staunch atheistic, naturalist worldview.
After all, it was people of faith in centuries past who insisted that the Earth is significant because God created it. The Word paints a portrait of a loving, intelligent God who created the universe for the express purpose of creating the Earth and humanity. We, in other words, were at the center of His plan from the beginning. It was only natural then for Christians to conclude that the Earth must be at the center of the universe.
But, apparently, according to a statement that the producer Rick DeLano made to RockinGodsHouse.com recently, atheistic scientists (particularly Lawrence Krauss, who has opposed the film aggressively) in addition to Christian groups have shown resistance to the film. Here is what Rick wrote:
Our film has been the subject, first, of an extraordinary — perhaps unprecedented — worldwide media campaign intended to discredit it, and secondly, of a subsequent, openly stated and imposed direction that it be ignored [both by atheist physicist Lawrence Krauss]…We have been ignored by the media, ignored — or in some cases viciously opposed — by the evangelical community, experienced drastic opposition from within Catholic circles.
Think about that.
“The Principle” is perhaps the only thing on earth that could cause the child molesting pimp Jeffrey Epstein’s close pal atheist Lawrence Krauss, anti-Christian blogs like RawStory and Slate, evangelicals, and Catholics, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on *anything*.
But we shouldn’t be discouraged. Not everyone is ignoring the film (USA Today had a glowing review of it). And, most importantly, there are prominent physicists who are not ignoring these revolutionary implications about the Earth’s significance.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that these physicists are suddenly converting to the Christian faith. But scientists are looking at the universe with brand new eyes. Think about the huge implications of this: for centuries scientists have assumed that Earth had no significance in the galaxy, that we didn’t have any significance.
But, as MIT physicist Max Tegmark says in the documentary, “we are very significant”; and, as Martin Selbrede, Vice President of the Chalcedon Foundation, said:
“We need to get away from the Copernican Principle and the notion that man means nothing — from us being just a molecule to a human being that’s in a special location for presumably a special purpose…Men are driven by their purpose, and they can [now] see themselves in a very different light.”
We are not, as he says, “simply chaotic blobs.”
So, next time you look up and see the stars, remember that you’re looking out on the universe from a very special vantage point: the center.