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By Richard J. Blackwell

thought of the paradigm case of the stricken interplay among technological know-how and faith, the clash among Galileo and the Church maintains to generate new examine and full of life debate. Richard J. Blackwell bargains a clean method of the Galileo case, utilizing as his basic concentration the biblical and ecclesiastical concerns that have been the battleground for the distinguished disagreement. Blackwell's study within the Vatican manuscript assortment and the Jesuit files in Rome allows him to re-create a brilliant photo of the developments and counter-trends that motivated best Catholic thinkers of the interval: the conservative response to the Reformation, the position of authority in biblical exegesis and in guarding orthodoxy from the inroads of "unbridled spirits," and the placement taken by way of Cardinal Bellarmine and the Jesuits in trying to weigh the discoveries of the recent technology within the context of conventional philosophy and theology. A centerpiece of Blackwell's research is his cautious examining of the short treatise Letter at the movement of the Earth via Paolo Antonio Foscarini, a Carmelite student, arguing for the compatibililty of the Copernican method with the Bible. Blackwell appends the 1st glossy translation into English of this crucial and missed record, which was once put on the Index of Forbidden Books in 1616. even though there have been differing and competing theories of biblical interpretation recommended in Galileo's time—the legacy of the Council of Trent, the perspectives of Cardinal Bellarmine, the main influential churchman of his time, and, eventually, the claims of authority and obedience that weakened the abillity of Jesuit scientists to aid the recent science—all contributed to the eventual condemnation of Galileo in 1633. Blackwell argues convincingly that the upkeep of ecclesiastical authority, no longer the clinical matters themselves, ended in that tragic trial.

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