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Galileo Galilei was a astronomer, philosopher, and physicist who is closely associated with the scientific revolution

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Christina Smyre AST100 Lesson 2 web assignment The trial of Galileo is an important event in the history of science. We now know, the Roman Catholic church now recognizes, that Galileo's view was correct. What were the arguments on both sides of the issue as it was unfolding? Search the web for documents that chronicle the trial and discuss briefly the case for and against Galileo in the context of the times in which the trial occurred. Be sure to accurately reference your web sources! Your posting should be about 2 paragraphs long, and will necessarily need to be fairly concise. End with your opinion about whether or not a similar trial could possible occur in today's civilizations. Support your position. Galileo Galilei or often referred to as the "father of modern astronomy," was a astronomer, philosopher, and physicist. ...read more.

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In April 1611, Jusuit Varified Galileo's oberservations but their interpertations were a little different, and they begian looking at his writtings closer. Even though Galileos beliefs were held in practicing Catholicsim, his writings were showing evidence for "Copernican heliocentrism." The Catholic Church, however, disapproved of heliocentricity, feeling that it was contrary to the statements in the Bible: if God created human beings as His supreme creation, He would place man at the center of His cosmos. (At that time the more literal Biblical interpretation was prevalent with the church fathers, especially among the Dominican Order, facilitators of the Inquisition)2 However, real power layed with the Church, and Galileo's arguments were most fiercely fought on the religious level. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine insisted that Galileo furnish more adequate proof of his new theories before he would be allowed to teach them as true or even as probably true. ...read more.

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was lead to believe that this act would cause the Inquisition to be lenient (and would keep them from torturing him to death), Galileo was still sentenced to life imprisonment at his villa in Arcetri. I think now, a similar trial wouldn't happen in present day. What was happening in The Trial of Galileo was due to the confrontation between religion and science; In the 1600s the religious sector ruled the country, what went agent them, lost. Now, we have a great separation of church and state, but people are also more open to their options. If Galileo wrote this book now, it would be more accepted, because there isn't just "one way of thinking." 2 Author unknown. "The study guide: The Trial of Galileo." Online posting. http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/galileo/section8.rhtml 1 Linder, Douglas. "The Trial of Galileo." Online posting. May 2002. http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/trials29.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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