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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Galileo Affair

Tim O'Neill, Atheist, Medievalist, Sceptic ... (more)

Most people understand the trial of Galileo Galilei as a key example of religious bigotry clashing with the advance of science and the textbook case of "Medieval" ignorance and superstition being superseded by reason and science.  In fact, the whole rather complex affair was not the black-and-white "science vs religion" fable of popular imagination and the positions of both Galileo and of the various churchmen involved were varied and complex.  The popular conceptions of the Galileo Affair are marked by a number of myths (...)

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