Below is Henry Rollins “Teeing Off” on Intelligent Design and Creationism.
Although Rollins is being bombastic when he declares “the new dark ages are upon us,” it is important to recognize that Creationism and its secular facade Intelligent Design are throw backs to that era.
The central theme of the dark ages was: the bible, it has all the answers you’ll ever need. If one wonders why people thought the Sun goes around the Earth or why the Earth was flat, one doesn’t have to look too much farther than the bible. It wasn’t that the human race was profoundly less intelligent during the period, in fact many people were very well educated, in bible study.
For example, in Matthew 4:8: “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;” Ok, how is that possible if the world were round? Maybe, the devil was capable of conjuring a vision to Jesus. However, if that were the case, why take him to an exceedingly high mountain?
For the geocentric point of view, we have versus such as 1 Chronicles 16:30: “Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” Well, if the world cannot be moved, then it certainly isn’t going around the Sun.
A longer argument and more examples can be found in “The Flat-Earth Bible.”
As obscure as these passages are today, members of the clergy were likely to be very knowledgeable of these verses and their implications. This is why people like Galileo Galilei were convicted of heresy for their discoveries and forced to recant their findings. It is not enough to merely mention that people at the time believed the Sun went around the Earth, or the Earth was flat. The reason that people believed those things, and in fact, defended them so religiously, was because that is what one would logically conclude from reading the inerrant and divinely inspired text. An embarrassing fact that is helpfully excluded from most mainstream discussions on the topic as it is always left as a mystery to why people believed such “crazy” and demonstrably false ideas.
In this respect, we denigrate people of the middle ages at our own peril. The intellectual underpinnings of that era have not disappeared. When facing any foe, it is important to know exactly what you are dealing with.