1. I don't deny that 'dogmatism' is a problem within the Christian world. However, there are Christians who understand the dangers of dogmatism. What is universal is the understanding that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. Many converts become believers just through this introduction alone (often merely reading or hearing John 3:16, or just the simple truth that Jesus died for our sins). From there along the way they may develop certain doctrinal beliefs that may be right or wrong. There's a unifying universal truth that all Christians should unite under. Unfortunately, as warned by the Apostle Paul, divisions have arisen that should not be there. Differences in doctrines are inevitable but should not be divisive.1. <quoted text>
I know very well that Martin Luther was wrong. You are suggesting that he should not have relied on the Bible but on the science of Copernicus. I wholeheartedly agree. I think you and all other Creationists should take a lesson from Martin Luther about being so confident that your interpretation of the Bible is more accurate than science. After all when we talk about whether or not the Bible is accurate we are always talking about whether or not a certain interpretation is accurate.
2. I understand perfectly that the sun appears to move and the earth doesnt and that it was perfectly reasonable for people to believe that before the science of Copernicus and Galileo. However no one would have ever been able to figure out that the earth revolves around the sun by reading the Bible. To keep believing that the sun revolves around the earth and use the Bible as proof in the face of the scientific evidence is the problem. Its the same problem we have to day with creationists in relation to evolution.
When there are only two possibilities it is not always 50-50 that one or the other is true. My speculation is that its about 90 10 in favor of natural creation.
2. Whether or not someone can learn that the Earth revolves around the Sun from the Bible is irrelevant. It's very unlikely that anyone will learn how to fix their washing machine from reading the Bible (although I don't discount the possibility entirely).
As far as evolution and heliocentrism goes, again, the Bible doesn't contradict heliocentrism. Yes, the Bible 'does' contradict "molecule to man evolution". But there's also considerable flaws in evolution to the extent that one cannot claim that evolution proves creationism wrong. At best, all an evolutionist can say is "maybe one day...".