Nice work. Thanks for the compilation!
posted on 01/20/2006 1:18:22 PM PST
The point of what I just posted is that the Church has changed its position completely about Galileo. They (belatedly) removed his book from the Index. They pardoned him (in the last 30 or 40 years, I don't have a reference at the moment). And now they've adopted his method of resolving apparent conflicts between science and scripture. Galileo set out his views on that here, in a letter which was mentioned in one of the Papal messages I linked above, and it's well worth reading:Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany
. Galileo's opinion about science/scripture conflicts.
All of this is to the great credit of the Church. They don't want to have a reputation as being anti-science. Their reputation suffered greatly over the past 4 centuries as a result of the Galileo affair (and over torching Bruno, etc.). They're gradually putting all of that behind them. That is why, unlike a few Protestant denominations, they are not anti-evolution. They have no intention of being something like the Flat Earth Society. They were wrong in the Galileo affair, they know it, they admit it, and they've cleaned up their act. Most commendable. It took them over 300 years, but I guess these things take time.
posted on 01/20/2006 1:36:14 PM PST
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