A Blast from the Past – The 17th Century

This little gem is especially significant considering the rocky relationship between conservative religious establishments and science, a situation that occurs even today with fundamentalist sects working to advocate forms of antiscience like creationism.

There was that nasty little incident between the Inquisition of the Church of Rome and the literally astronomical discoveries of one Galileo Galilei, a disagreement that lasted from the 17th century until 1992, when the Church of Rome finally acknowledged that he was correct in his findings.

To be fair though, that was a big step forward for the Church, which up until the late 20th century has had a poor record of dealing amicably with any findings of science that threaten the centrality of human beings in the universe and the eyes of the Creator.

I suppose that religions, like any other social enterprise evolve over time by adaptive radiation to new survival strategies…

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.

— Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

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