Johannes Kepler And God's Contribution To Science

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Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630) was a renowned astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer. His most famous contribution to the realm of science were his laws -- aptly named Kepler’s Laws -- which explained planetary motion in space. Kepler’s contributions to science may seem to be a defiance to Christian beliefs, but Kepler’s intentions were like other scientists of his day: they explained how nature worked, and framed it as explaining how God worked in the universe through these laws. Through his scientific works, Kepler attempted to support the belief of God for Christianity by pointing out God’s influence in space, and to bring a sense of unity to the Christian community. Kepler made many groundbreaking contributions to the field of astronomy. The first of these was the Mysterium Cosmographicum, a book that supported Copernicus’ model of the solar system, in which the sun was at the center and all other planets orbited around it. According to Clark (2013): This was opposed to the prevailing Ptolemaic vision that favored the model of a concentrically arranged cosmos with the earth at its center. Kepler’s model incorporated, for the first time in astronomy, an empirical justification for the ellipsoid (rather than circular) nature of the planetary orbits. (p. 310) At the time, a geocentric model of the solar system was the accepted truth. Copernicus’ model was not rejected, nor was it accepted, and Kepler aimed to convince everyone of the truthfulness of this model of the

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