Galileo's Distinction Between Science and Religion

Religion and Theology
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Galileo, in his letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, talks of the need to place science and religion in separate positions. He argues for separate positions for these owing to the separate functions that they fulfill in society and in the life of a common man.


He talks of the need for such a distinction in the light of the events that had led him to be at the centre of a controversy regarding the position of the celestial bodies in relation to the earth. Many were of the opinion that his views contradicted those of the Bible. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, these times followed eras where science and theology existed together in harmony (Sickler). This harmony however, tilted the balance in favor of theology and the scriptures on more occasions than not. This led to the stunted development of science in many ways. It is such a scenario that Galileo critiques in his letter and he also comments on the vested interests that had started to operate the forces of the church. He thus, takes the social and material conditions of the church into account while talking about the conflict that had developed between science and religion during his times. While evaluating Galileo’s position, thus, one also has to keep in mind the historical aspects of the seventeenth century. ...
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