Galileo by Mitch Stokes is a highly entertaining and informative book that helps rewrite the conventional wisdom the it was the church that stood in the way of Galileo and others as they pushed forward the idea that the earth was not the center of the universe. The geocentric view was in fact widely adhered to by secular scientists, and the threat to their reputations and ability to earn a living were at the “center” of the opposition to Galileo. This is the same problem we face today with global warning, evolution, and many other areas where scientists refuse to look the facts straight in the eye. Galileo is part of Thomas Nelson’s Christian Encounters Series. I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t present a sound biblical worldview.
I enjoyed reading The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming to my son William (age 12). It kept him thoroughly engaged. It also provides a sad commentary on elitism, both on the blindness of the elite to the real world around them and on the consequences of that blindness on the rest of the people. This still holds true today; elitism is not confined to the nobility and communists of early 20th century Russia. The American government is today filled with elites at the federal, state, and local levels. Though it didn’t come to pass in Russia, the antidote to elitism is freedom. When people are allowed to make their own choices, they might not always like the consequences, but at least they are consequences of their choosing.
“The real reformer has a real advantage, but one which he rarely recognizes himself as having. Living in the world that actually exists is an enormous advantage. There are times when it almost seems to me like cheating or something. In the long run, we need not worry. In the long run, blind stupidity never works. The revolutionary alternates between throwing rocks at the moon and barking at it.” – Douglas Wilson, Rules for Reformers, p. 176.
When he says “real reformer,” Wilson is referring to those who are trying to conform the way we live and/or the rules we operate under to the way the world was designed to operate. Which is generally what conservatives and Christians are trying to do. So the advantage we have over the left is that our vision for the world is much closer to reality than theirs. Of course, they get to play loose with the truth; that makes our job tougher. Nevertheless, we have the upper hand, and will eventually prevail.