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Did Galileo disprove the Bible?


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May 23, 2010 4:07AM

Galileo made a small telescope with which he made scientific observations which went against the prevailing consensus around the system of Ptolemy. At that time many people, including religious leaders such as Luther and Calvin believed incorrectly that the system of Ptolemy agreed with the Bible. In particular, the Roman Catholic church, which had civil, as well as ecclesiastical authority, condemned the scientific observations of Galileo as heresy, and forced him to retract them under threat of death. It also seems that it was the scientific opponents of Galileo, those who supported the system of Ptolemy and Aristotle, who stood to lose the most by being proven wrong. The Roman Catholic church of the day was thus in a sense 'used' by this group to get the findings of Galileo suppressed.

So, to put it simply, Galileo certainly demonstrated the folly of trying to marry the Bible to scientific theories which can and do become outdated. He certainly did not disprove the Bible itself, as the Bible does not support the system of Ptolemy.

Yes. Both Gallileo and Copernicus disproved the Bible's teachings that the Earth was the center of the Universe.

"The geocentric model held sway into the early modern age; from the late 16th century onward it was gradually replaced by the heliocentric model of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Today, geocentric cosmology survives as a literary element within alternate history science fiction."