Battle with the Church

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Battle with the Church In the 16th century the hierarchical structure of the Church's authority was inextricably bound with the geocentric cosmology. ``Up'' meant ascension to greater perfection and greater control. God and heaven existed outside the celestial sphere. There was a gradation of existence and control from perfect existence to the central imperfect Earth. God delegated power to angels to control the planet movements and to guide the various earthly events. Plants and animals existed to serve humans and humans were to serve God through the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the Church. Giordano Bruno (lived 1548--1600 C.E.) revived Democritus' (a contemporary of Socrates) view that the Sun was one of an infinite number of stars. This infinite sphere was consistent with the greatness of God. Bruno believed in a heliocentric universe. He believed that God gave each of us an inner source of power equal to all others, so there was no justification for domination and servitude. His model had definite political ramifications that threatened the Church's political
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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