mathematics and Christianity

across two religious wars

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**Why this book?
**

To explain to the

You probably heard of "Euclid" with school geometry. "Real" math supposedly began with "Euclid". But what is the evidence for "Euclid"? Never asked? Just believed those stories without evidence, did you? Most children do the same: they believe the stories planted in their school texts. They ask for evidence only when the story changes.

Experts know there is zero evidence for "Euclid". Some have admitted the truth. But many are not honest enough to do so. Unable to supply evidence they think a clever way out is to misrepresent, and abuse the critic. They censor, to save their superstitions from exposure. These tactics only underline their dishonesty: they know they can can peddle their faith only by attacking the sceptic.

Read this scholarly article "Goodbye Euclid!" to find out how "Euclid" is mere Crusading history concocted by the church. Don't fully understand the article? Try this book

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The book also concerns you **if you ever studied math in school.**
Bad history leads to bad philosophy, and today math is taught in schools with
a bad philosophy. Children
study math without
questioning its philosophy (did you?), and get indoctrinated. That indoctrination begins with the belief
that only one philosophy of math is right, and that it is "universal", though it developed
in the West.

If that philosophy of math were indeed universal, it should have developed universally.
But the odd ball belief is that only one individual,
"Euclid", got that "universal" philosophy right. Further, as I point out in *Euclid and Jesus*, if we look
at the actual book *Elements* (which "Euclid" supposedly wrote), even its
very first proposition does not fit "Euclid's" purported philosophy. This is explained
away by saying that "Euclid" made major blunders! Stranger still, "Euclid's" supposed views do NOT agree with the beliefs
about math prevalent in his purported time; instead, they agree with
the church dogma (Christian rational theology) which
developed in Crusading times, some 1500
years later. That
was also when the book *Elements* (which "Euclid" supposedly wrote) first came
to Europe.

Those early "pagan" belief ascribed a religious function to mathematics, for they
related *mathematics or mathesis to the soul*. This relation of mathematics
to the soul is explained
most famously in Plato's story
of Socrates and the slave boy. But the church cursed
that notion of the soul duirng its first religious war against "pagans". Early Christians had earlier believed in that same "pagan" notion
of soul, but the church invented a new notion of soul, which enabled it to rule. To strengthen its rule, the church brutally suppressed dissent, and soon banned mathematics and
all philosophers
from the Roman empire, so that no one was left
to defend the earlier notion of soul. Many centuries later, the church waged a second
religious war (the Crusades, against Muslims). At this time, the church found it
convenient to accept
back mathematics, but it had to be made acceptable. To make
mathematics "acceptable", the church reinterpreted the book *Elements *to match its brand
new Crusading dogma.
Concocting a "Euclid", about whom nothing was known, helped the church in this process. But it harms you in various ways.

For example,** did you (or your children) find math difficult**
in school? It was not your fault (or your teacher's). Math is difficult because church dogma has intruded into it. That dogma
is irrelevant to all practical applications of math, which practical applications are
the reason why most people study math.
Eliminating the church dogma from math makes
math easy. I have demonstrated this in teaching experiments in universities in 3
countries. (Feel free to downlaod and read the scholarly reports of these experiments
The religious bias in formal math, and
Calculus made easy. More in the left pane.)

**If you are non-Christian (or secular), **** **you must read the easy book *Euclid and Jesus* to find out how church dogma infiltrated a supposedly secular subject like math, and how that plants various
religious biases in your mind and in the minds
of your children. That harms your interests and surely** **concerns you.

**If you are a Christian**, then too you should read the book *Euclid and Jesus*
to know how that church dogma, which aims
for world power, hence trampled on the
original religion of love, and mangled the Bible (as Isaac Newton also pointed out,
though the church suppressed his writings).

**Mathematics and Christian dogma
**

Many people are shocked at the thought that mathematics may not be secular. "Isn't 2+2=4?", they invariably ask. But "modern" math is about "proof". Most people try to prove 2+2=4 by lining up two objects with two objects to make four objects. (That is how they learnt about numbers in kindergarten.) Such empirical proofs are indeed secular, but they are NOT permitted in present-day mathematics. Why not? Read my book

On present day mathematics, 2+2=4 is a *formal* and *metaphysical *
truth relative to
Peano's axioms or set theory. With different axioms we could have 1+1=0 (as
in Boolean addition for exclusive "or" performed on computer chips),
or 1+1=1 (as in Boolean
addition for inclusive "or", also performed on computer
chips). If 2 means 1+1 that would make 2+2=0
or 2+2=1. We could even have 2+2=5 (as in 2 big fish + 2 small fish = 5 small fish
by weight). So, in formal
math we must specify that we are numbers and addition according to Peano's
axioms.

But Peanos's
axioms (or set theory) subtly bring in the notion of infinity; hence a computer can never do Peano arithmetic properly. (Read
this
article for more details and the C source code. The complied computer program on computer addition is here. A more detailed explanation is here.) Hence, children who
learn "modern math" are taught set theory, which is a metaphysical way to handle
infinity. This axiomatic infinity uses the church metaphysics of eternity; it led to the first creationsit controversy in the 5th
century. (Read this article on Academic Imperialism
for more details.)

Don't know what Peano's axioms are? Don't know what is formal truth? Don't know
axiomatic set theory? Don't understand the church metaphysics of eternity? Too bad for
you. Did it strike you that your ignorance could be (and is being) exploited to chain your mind (and your children's) to a world view which suits the church? Read the book *Euclid and Jesus* to understand this
in simple terms.

Are you a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or other non-Christian? Did you know that the
"universal" proof of formal mathematics is biased against your religious beliefs?
For example, disallowing empirical proofs rejects *all* systems of Indian philosophy at one stroke, as inferior, for they all accept the empirical as the first means of proof, as does science. The Indian *ganita* or the Arabic *hisab*
is secular, but is today rejected as non-mathematics, claiming that "Euclid's" "universal"
philosophy of mathematics requires
a particular (non-secular) metaphysics which suits the church.

Of course, this metaphysics is *not* universal so the mathematics based on it cannot
be universal either. Thus, present-day, formal mathematics
is a doctrine of proof which uses
only 2-valued logic. If one used instead the Buddhist logic of *catuskoti*,
or the Jain logic of *syadavada,* the theorems of formal mathematics would change. Math today does not allow that, for it teaches reasoning aligned to Christian
rational theology, which borrowed from and modified Islamic rational theology (*aql-i-kalam*).
Read this article on
Religious roots of mathematics to know more, and this one (Benedict's
Maledicts) on why Christian rational theology differs from Islamic rational theology. Read
this encyclopedia article on
Non-Western Logic to learn more about Buddhist and Jain
logic. Don't
fully understand the articles? Want to know
more? Then the book *Euclid and Jesus* is for you.

**Colonial education
**

Students don't really know

So you thought your blind trust in math "experts" is different from the blind trust others have in so many foolish things? Did it strike you that the "experts" you trust might have vested interests? Who decides who those "experts" are? Why do all math "experts" need to be Western-trained? That usually also mean they act as agents of the West, and push church metaphysics which harm your interests. These "experts" are unethical, for they hide the conflict of interests which becomes manifest the moment one tries to change the philosophy of mathematics, as I did. Read more about the conflict of interests in the concluding paragraph of this article Calculus made easy.

So, you thought colonialism introduced Western education for the benefit of the colonised, and not to control them through mind-capture? So, you thought exploitation (as in India and China), slavery (as in Africa), and genoicde (as in the Americas and Australia) were not utterly immoral, but were great humanitarian acts, the way Westerners like Kant or Carlyle said? If so, you deserve your slavery. Want freedom? Read this book to find out how to free yourself. Don't fully undestand it? Want to know more? Then the book

Math became difficult because it got intertwined with theology and Christian metaphysics: the metaphysics of infinity is built into set theory. So, making math secular eliminates that bad metaphysics, and makes math easy. For example, differential equations and elliptic integrals can be taught to children in a few days, as I have done.

Formal math is about proof or persuasion (required by Christian priests) unlike practical math which is about calculation (required for commerce, science, and engineering). Metaphysically proving 2+2=4 (from Peanos's axioms) is pointless, for mathematically proving something does

But to be able to teach secular, practical, and easy math (see the courses on calculus without limits, on the left pane), it is first necessary to overthrow the rule of the math "experts". For this it is necessary that common people understand how and why math got mixed-up with Christian dogma. The layperson must learn that Western-trained math "experts", who act as agents of the West, are not to be trusted, any more than agents of the slave trade. Trusting them is a sure path to slavery. Freedom needs informed decision-making: people must work to overthrow the authority of those "experts". Then only can math become secular, practical, and easy. This book

**Making science better**

If math has been invaded by church dogma, that will naturally reflect in science
based on that math. Eliminating that dogma also helps to make science better.

(How can someone be murdered *twice*?) Read on...

- Is Euclid a myth like Jesus?
- Did racism arise from false history like that of Euclid?
- Is mathematics secular?

BOOKS

ARTICLES

(Free downloads. For publication details, hold the cursor over the link.)

The religious bias in formal math

Religious roots of mathematics

Decolonisation: time for change

Alternative epistemology of math

**Making math easy**

Teaching secular math makes it so easy, the calculus can be taught in 5-days.

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Central University of Tibetan Studies Sarnath*

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Universiti Sains Malaysia*

(4 batches, no photo, see reports part 1 and 2)

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Ambedkar University Delhi*

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CISSC, Tehran*

Sample lectures and computer programs used for these courses can be accessed here.

More background presentations (technical) are here.

Making math secular makes science better. Thus, Newton's mistake in his physics
arose from his bad religious understanding of the infinite series of the Indian
calculus. Correcting that leads to a different law of gravitation and a different
*type* of equations for physics. This gives a better account of the galaxy
and NASA spacecraft. See this
press release,
article, and my earlier book on time.

Christian dogma has penetrated science through mathematics in various other subtle
ways. Another example is Stephen Hawking and his singularity theory. This creationist
theory too reflects a bad mathematical understanding of the calculus. For a popular
account, see my book *The Eleven Pictures of Time *(Sage, 2003).

Quantum mechanics involves probabilities based on a different logic. See this chapter of my book. Also, the last section of this article is on quantum probability.

**How Western experts have responded **

1. How the supposedly best mathematician in the West tried to grab credit for my ideas, not once, but twice. Imitation being the best form of flattery, that is true endorsement of my ideas!

2. How a Cambridge don tried to keep hiding Newton's secret, after 270 years.

3. How a Harvard don was left red-faced after making trivially false claims about my "mistakes" on the game of dice in ancient India.

4. How Western "experts" censor to preserve the church dogma in school mathematics. They demand that children have faith in Euclid!

BOOKS

VIDEOS

Christian dogma and science: talk at Qom (in Farsi and English)

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