The Florentine Heretic? Galileo, the church and the cosmos



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Abstract

Galileo’s campaign on behalf of the modern view of the solar system is one of the most dramatic events in the history of relations between Christianity and science – endlessly portrayed as a battle between theological interests and scientific freedom. But this traditional story is filled with factual errors. And when human fears, rivalries, revenge and the like are taken into account, the story takes on an altogether different cast. In Professor Lindberg’s retelling, the ideological side of the story will be balanced with its richness as a human event. Florentine Heretic, Galileo, church, cosmos, religion, science, theology, geocentric, heliocentric, astronomy