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Unformatted text preview: and its most eminent patrons, in particular Father Odo van Malecite. But the response to Galileos scholarship was about to take a turn for the worse. Following his move to Florence, Galileos dabbling in Copernicanism drew vehement criticism from philosophers of the Scholastic school of thought, who contended that Scholasticism was an axiomatic truth. This tension subsequently led to a series of heated debates, which finally culminated into the accusation that Galileo was a heretic. This prompted Galileo to write his Letter to Castelli (1613) and later the Letter to Christina (1615). In these letters, Galileo takes a defensive stance and asserts that Copernicanism is a valid viewpoint. Additionally, he warns that the Church and its image for all posterity could be endangered, were it to censor scientific findings that ran counter to their own beliefs. Many of Galileos contemporaries believed that the Earth was fixed at the center of the universe and that the Sun circled around it. Given their belief, these philosophers invoked several Biblical passages to support their anti-Copernacist stance. Of these Biblical passages, perhaps most noteworthy is the Joshua passage. However, consider Galileos prior study of Joshua, it immediately occurred to him that he could not possibly frame the concept of geocentricism in such a way that it would be feasible vis--vis Biblical scripture. This realization prompted such a way that it would be feasible vis--vis Biblical scripture....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.
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