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Conflicts with astronomers and theologians

in Galileo

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780192854568
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

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‘Conflicts with astronomers and theologians’ documents Galileo's dealings with the Catholic Church and fellow astronomers. Galileo inadvertently offended Christopher Schelner, a Jesuit scholar, while publishing a book on sunspots. He also quarrelled with many other philosophers, who implored the Church to intervene in Galileo's heresy. Galileo claimed that scientific questions should remain separate from theology, but Pope Paul V insisted he recant his Copernicanism. Galileo returned to other work, until a series of comets led him to become involved in astronomy once more. The new Pope, Urban VIII, allowed Galileo to publish his new work, as long as it carried a clear disclaimer of its hypothetical nature.

Keywords: Christopher; Galileo; heresy; Paul V; Pope; Urban VIII

Chapter.  7480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity ; History of Science and Technology ; Astronomy and Astrophysics

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