Galileo and the Church

Galilei attempted to disapprove the church’s claim that the Sunmoves around the earth, and not the other way round (Galilei 1). Thisargument had to major implications for the church. First, it meantthat the Catholic Church’s belief in the Bible would be questioned,and secondly, that the credibility of the information given in theBible would also be questioned Galilei states “it is necessary forthe Bible, in order to be accommodated to the understanding of everyman, to speak many things which appear to differ from the absolutetruth” (1). This demonstrates his doubts of the Christian doctrine.Thus, his views were very frightening for the church because it wouldeventually lose followers if Galilei turned out to be correct. Assuch, the Church considered him enemy number one of the faith, hencehis capture.

In the Western culture, science and religion are often opposed to oneanother based on two main factors. First, the Western civilization isdependent on scientific innovation, not religious faith. Many peoplebelieve that faith is based on personal belief, thus, is theoretical,while on the other hand, science is based on evidence, hence, it ispractical. Additionally, given the work of famous scientists andinventors such as Galilei, who had been opposed by the Church, thewestern society faults religion and tends to go the way of science.As such, these conflict is investable.

Despite the major differences in doctrines, religion has some role toplay in science. This is because most of the significant scientificexperiments are based on what religion has identified. Galileihimself asserts this, saying that “But I do not feel obliged tobelieve that the same God who has endowed us with senses…intendedus to forego their use by some other means to give us knowledge”(1). This shows that scientists themselves acknowledge the role ofreligion in sciences.

Works Cited

Galilei, Galileo. Science and Scripture. Web. 7 July 2015.