The Principle

What If … Copernicus Was Wrong? Formulated in the 16th Century, Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory that the Earth orbits the Sun changed the world. At its basic core, the Copernican Principle states that the Earth is not in any specially favored or central location. In other words, we’re nothing special. While working at the request of Pope Leo X on improvements to the Julian calendar, Copernicus conceived what turned out to be the foundational idea of modernity itself—the idea that the Earth orbits the Sun. For the first time, observational science claimed to have established an error in the Church’s understanding of Scripture, and the first great battle between faith and science was joined. As Rick DeLano, the writer and producer of the hot-button new documentary THE PRINCIPLE, says, “It’s the most powerful single idea in history since the Gospel was promulgated.” For fifteen hundred years before Copernicus, Ptolemy’s geocentric model was the basis of astronomy and calendars, and it worked quite well. But there were always those who detested its departure from the purely uniform, circular motion assumed to be perfect and appropriate for heavenly bodies. Among these was Copernicus. Thanks to Copernicus, everyone now knows that the ancient idea of Earth in the center of the universe is a ridiculous holdover from a superstitious, unenlightened age. Over the past four centuries, modern science has proven time and again that we are nothing special. Or has it? THE PRINCIPLE brings to light astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our universe—surveys that disclose unexpected evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth! THE PRINCIPLE leads us face-to-face with this most important question: What does this mean for the future of mankind?

(DOCUMENTARY – 88 minutes)
Director – Katheryne KTEE Thomas
Producer – Robert Sungenis, Sr. & Rick DeLano
Director of Photography – Adam Cohen & Anthony Pietromonaco