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Galileo Science and the Church by Jerome J Langford are about the trials and tribulations of Galileo with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1600s The church did not agree with Galileos ideas mainly theories associated with Copernican astronomy The primary intention of Langford is to bring the truth of Galileos trials to his readers and to show that ultimately Galileo was correct in his theories and was not trying to go against the churches belief Galileo was merely trying to seek truth in science and wanted to be known as a historical scientific figure Therefore Galileo was unjustly accused ridiculed and convicted of heresy In Galileos defense of heresy Langford writes This was an unfortunate decision on several accounts First the Copernican opinion was treated as heretical when in reality it was not 155 Langford goes on to explain that the theological Consultors in 1616 recognized the earths mobility as formally heretical but this did not make the immobility of the earth a matter of faith Catholic philosophers and theologians also agree that the decree of the Holy Office did not make the immobility of the earth or the mobility of the sun a matter of faith These points clearly support the argument of Galileos unjust conviction of heresy Langford also uses excerpts of other writings to illustrate his main points The following is one of many excerpts Langford uses Inasmuch as no dogmatic decision was rendered in this case either on the part of the Pope or on the part of a Council ruled by the Pope and approved by him it is not by virtue of that decree of the Congregation a doctrine of faith that the sun is moving and the earth standing still Yet every Catholic is bound by virtue of obedience to conform to the decree of the Congregation or at least not to teach what is directly opposed to it156 This excerpt as do many
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