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Unformatted text preview: Therefore, instead of perhaps arguing why his model is superior to another, Galileo has to argue why he is not a heretic. He seems to do this relatively skillfully, recalling Copernicus’ position as a churchman, using various St. Augustine quotations, and determining that scripture states that such a physical matter as his has little to do with spiritual faith. Yet however convincing his arguments may seem, they didn’t help him in the end. The fact remains that during this period, scientist-philosophers such as Galileo thought freely at their own risks; they were essentially at the mercy of the church. At a time when religious reform was still in full swing, the church was desperate to regain control. It would not have allowed itself to lose any more of authority, especially not to an upstart layman such as Galileo. This was the beginning of the scientific revolution, but it was a quiet beginning, indeed....
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '07
- Middle Ages