From Religion vs. Science to Science vs. Religion: McMullin on the Church and Galileo
Science, Method, and Argument in Galileo
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This essay is a critical examination of the volume The Church and Galileo (2005), edited by Ernan McMullin and containing thirteen contributions by various scholars. I provide a description of the origin and content of the volume, and a brief account of its minor blemishes. I then focus on two issues stressed by McMullin, reflected in the book’s title, and discussed in his editorial introduction. One is the issue of the similarities and differences between the original trial of Galileo (which can be characterized in terms of the Church’s persecution of a scientist) and the subsequent and continuing controversy about it (which can be characterized in terms of science’s criticism of the Church); the other issue is the so-called rehabilitation of Galileo by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1979–1992. Although I give McMullin and other contributors credit for calling attention to these two issues and for some sound suggestions, I argue that much more remains to be done, and I undertake to sketch a satisfactory account.
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642; Reviews; Religion and science
Philosophy | Philosophy of Science | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
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Finocchiaro, M. A.
From Religion vs. Science to Science vs. Religion: McMullin on the Church and Galileo.
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