“verdict against Galileo was rational and just…”

Galileo Galilei didn’t invent the telescope.  But he was convicted of heresy by the Catholic Church.  I’ve mentioned his trial before.  And Pope Benedict XVI’s argument that the “verdict against Gaileo was rational and just, and revisionism can be legitimized solely for motives of political opportunism.” [Adds As tierney comments below, I should have noted that Benedict is quoting the philosopher P Feyerabend]

Today Will Crawley noted the arguments of a Fr Ernan McMullin

On today’s Sunday Sequence, Fr Ernan McMullin, a professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, argued that the Galileo Affair is widely misunderstood. This was not a clash between science and religion. Everyone involved in the case was a Christian. Galileo wrote many thousands of words on the theology of biblical interpretation as he sought to make sense of the telescopic observations he was making.

You can read a summary of Ernan McMullin’s argument here, in a paper published by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

And Will gets taken to task in his comments zone.

As I’ve said before, “The Un-Enlightenment hasn’t gone away…”


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