Unformatted text preview: Robert J. England II HON 211 – David Gross Monday, September 18, 2006 The primary topic of discussion that caught my interest when discussing Theories of the World was the ongoing discussion about the relationship between religion and science. When Copernicus published his heliocentric theory, the theory that claimed that the earth orbits the sun, the Roman Catholic Church of the period launched a counteroffensive against the theory, claiming it was false, and worse, heretical. The church was totally against a concept similar to its own geocentricism, claiming that the sun orbits the earth while the earth is stationary, and it went out of its way to punish anyone who believed otherwise. The result was a fair deal of persecution to put down a theory that was proven true later. I think that the primary reason Galileo and Bruno were persecuted for their approval of the Copernican system was that it created a sense of fear throughout the church. To the church, a discovery that the earth was not the center of the universe and that the earth revolved around the...
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- Fall '06
- Nicolaus Copernicus, Heliocentrism