Monday, June 22, 2009

Kenneth C. Davis On Galileo's Battle Between Science and Reason vs. the Inquisition

In his blog entry today, Ken Davis, author of America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About the Universe, muses about how on this day in history, June 22, 1633, the astronomer Galileo went before the Inquisition in Rome to learn his fate about the crime he had committed. His crime? Publishing a book titled Dialog on the Two Chief World Systems, in which he presented the revolutionary (and in the opinion of the Inquisition, highly blasphemous) argument that the Earth revolved around the Sun and not the other way around.

Galileo’s Sentence

This is a day to ponder the power of science and reason against the power of religious authority. On this date, reason lost.

On June 22, 1633, the 70-year-old astronomer Galileo went before the Inquisition in Rome. He wore the white shirt of a penitent. Then he heard sentence passed:

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