Augustine, Galileo and natural science
(06-20-2011, 10:20 AM)Rosarium Wrote:
(06-20-2011, 03:07 AM)wulfrano Wrote: Thank you, Rosarium, for pointing out some of the flaws in Galileo's thesis.

I could go into more detail, but the fact is that his work prior to his arrest was by their standards, and our standards, completely rubbish.

It was his work after his arrest that gets him praise.

The Church, in this case, was more for science. Galileo was trying to turn back scientific understanding.

The Galileo affair is only brought up when one expects others to be ignorant. It is never used by serious attackers of the Church.

Galileo certainly wasn't flawless but ultimately he was right and ultimately there were Churchmen that forbade him to discuss heliocentrism. If you're going to condemn the former for some of his errors then you certainly have to condemn the later.

It is common historical knowledge that those who were most fiercely opposed to Galileo were heavily influenced by Protestant literalism.

Why are so many Catholics here espousing something that the Church has never espoused?

Literal readings of Scripture are not the same as literalism, which is the SIMPLEST meaning of a text and not part of sound exegesis. There is God, who inspired the Scriptures, and human authors, who St. Thomas and Augustine say wrote in the common language of the people, that make it difficult to understand the actual divine truth being conveyed in matters of natural science.

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