He did this in order to show his work of the universe. Galileo was quite bold in his challenging of the church, but does respect it as well. This does differ from Dawkins. In Obscurantism to the Rescue, Dawkins has little substance in his reasoning, and all it seems to do is dismiss religion. His dismissal doesn’t really show any new information, he dismisses religion because he enjoys it.
In doing so, it is through such opposing power against the search for truth which suppress our ability to think. In a sincere attempt to eliminate the common generalization that "Science is the devil", Brecht uses Galileo's external struggles such as those with the church. The writer also uses his personal internal struggles as a basis for developing Galileo's character to inform readers of the common yet false misconception of Science and the truth. In many instances throughout the course of this play, "The Life of Galileo", Brecht is found to use Galileo's struggles with the church and the public as one of the vital backbones of his message. It is quite apparent that Galileo is fighting a battle with the church throughout the play to further spread his findings to enlighten citizens about the scientific truth of the universe beyond ficticious traditional religious values.
In his letter, Galileo shifts his focus to arguments that would potentially defend the Copernican theory, and himself as a believer. One of the subtle arguments made by Galileo was that the Copernican theory is a matter of opinions. Galileo is arguing that everyone is entitled to have their own opinions and ideas. His opinions just so happened to go against the teachings from the Bible. Thus, the church declared his ideas and opinions to be heretical.
He stresses, however, the importance that the bible still has, and says that the bible should be appreciated for its messages rather than its statements. “But Nature, on the other hand, is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, or cares whit whether her abstruse treasons and methods of operation are understandable to men.” This is a very bold passage for Galileo to state to the church at this time. He is trying to tell the church nature rarely reveals its ways to men, and that answers must be sought out. Galileo ends the letter by saying God has given us senses so that we may discover, that He does not want us to simply have the answers. This docu... ... middle of paper ... ...ere suspended for this, and sued the school, stating that it violated their right to free speech (Robinson).
The major scientific discovery in the early 17th century provided evidence that the common belief of the interpretation of the Sacred Scripture had erred. The scientific discoveries also brought up the conflict between science and religion. One of the major conflicts on this issue was the debate on the explanation of the universe between Galilei Galileo and the Catholic Church. Galileo believed that the Sacred Scripture was compatible with the statement that the Earth was indeed a planet and revolved around the stationary Sun that stood at the center of the universe. While Galileo argued that the telescope had provided strong and authentic evidence for both interpreting the Sacred Scripture and explaining the nature and the universe, both theologians in the Church and outside the Church had different viewpoints on the Galileo’s affair.
This belief can be applied to the present day by finding equilibrium, and in turn allowing for a balanced life. In his Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina, Galileo challenged the widely accepted religious beliefs of the time, claiming that the conflict lies in their interpretation, not the context. In Galileo’s eyes science was an extremely useful tool that could and should have been used in interpreting the Scriptures. He argued that “the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven not how heaven goes” (Grand Duchess). The purpose of science was not to counter what the bible teaches; rather its purpose was to help explain the teachings of the scriptures.
In papal Rome in the early 16th century the “Good Book” was the reference book for all scientists. If a theory was supported in its holy pages, or at the very least not contradicted, then the idea had a chance of find acceptance outside the laboratory. Likewise, no theory no matter how well documented could be viewed with anything but disdain if it contradicted with the written word of, or the Church’s official interpretation of scripture. For these reasons the Church suppressed helio-centric thinking to the point of making it a hiss and a byword. However, this did not keep brave men from exploring scientific reason outside the canonical doctrine of the papal throne, sometimes at the risk of losing their own lives.
The Catholic Church believed the geocentric system to be true because there was literary evidence in Scripture. From 1614 the Roman Catholic Church began to judge Galileo’s discoveries and his proposition of the heliocentric system to be false and nearly heretical. F... ... middle of paper ... ...spect of heresy, namely of having held opinions that the Sun lies motionless at the center of the universe and that the Earth rotates around.” All of Galileo’s books were banned and forbidden. In conclusion, the Galileo controversy was handled in a manner that was for the good and sanity of the world at the time. The Church took into consideration the consequences and the evidence presented on either side, since Galileo failed to show enough evidence to prove his statement to be true the Church attempted to eliminate any uproar or confusion for the people.
However, when Galileo tried to prove his findings by giving the Church officials an opportunity to look for themselves through a telescope, the officials proclaimed the telescope as an instrument of Satan. Although Galileo did not fear the Church, it seemed as if the Church feared the possibility that it could be wrong, resulting in the Church to refuse any possible new ideas, such as coexisting with science. Galileo’s ideas represented a threat to the Catholic Church because Galileo’s ideas had the ability to cause the Church to downfall and lose its power. However, worst of all, Galileo’s ideas would have proved that the teachings the Church followed were erroneous and the faith that people strongly had in God would crumble down, resulting in the Church to lose its power.
Galileo’s many discoveries and his spectacular scientific and mathematical allowed him to defend the theory of heliocentrism in an attempt to go against the Catholic Church; this resulted in his trial against the church and eventually his banishment. The Galileo Affair began in 1610 when Galileo’s Starry Messenger was published. The book mainly described his observations of the phases of Venus and the satellites he viewed orbiting Jupiter. These discoveries would prove to be essential in this affair. He would later use these observations to defend and promote Nicholas Copernicus’ heliocentric theory.