More on Science and Christianity

Posted: June 28, 2006 in Intelligent Design, Theo/Philo

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Over at Telic thoughts they have a post relating to Christianity and Science.I have posted on this before,they quote Ronald Numbers a historian of Science who says:

‘Contrary to common myth, Galileo suffered very little abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. He was never tortured, he never faced death. In fact, he was never imprisoned. His penalty was house arrest at a pleasant villa on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.

Galileo’s problems with the church stemmed far less from his astronomical and physical views than from his lack of diplomacy, and from his impertinence in trying to instruct the church on how to interpret Scriptures, as some Protestants had attempted to do in the previous century. Furthermore, in writing his controversial book, Galileo had the impertinence to attribute the Pope’s views to a simple-minded character named Simplicius. This Pope [Urban VIII] had once been a patron of Galileo’s and had supported his scientific efforts, so such a lack of diplomacy turned even the Pope against his one-time friend.’

I commented on this on June 3rd re see here. It seems me and Mister Numbers agree,so he must be right! 🙂
Cheers Telic thoughts.

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