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Who Won the War Between the Theologians and the Early Scientists The early modern European scientists faced lethal religious opposition During the debate between the religious authorities and the scientists the religious faction was immature and barbarous Over three hundred years later the scientists have easily won the intellectual debate The first tangle between the scientists and the church authorities happened when after the death of the Polish monk Copernicus He lived from 1472 until 1543 but the major confrontation did not occur until after his death Fearing that his heliocentric theory of the solar system would bring about his early demise Copernicus did not allow his views to be publicized until he was on the brink of death After the Catholic authorities found out that Copernicus had evaded their chastisement while he was alive they were so outraged that they exhumed his body and put it on trial Unbelievably they actually convicted and burned the corpse of Copernicus for heresy The Calvinists were also angry at Copernicus for evading their punishment They went so far as to build a effigy of Copernicus so they could put him on trial The Calvinists also declared Copernicus guilty and as punishment burned his likeness Johann Kepler was also persecuted due to his scientific beliefs A German mathematician who lived from 1571 to 1630 Kepler raised the debate over the Neolithic theory and developed the Three Laws of Planetary Motion which state that the orbits of the planets are elliptical the further from the sun the planets are the longer the revolution around the sun takes and the distance of the planets from the sun are all equally proportional He was chased out of Catholic Germany and fled to Lutheran Germany The Lutherans granted him immunity before he returned to Catholic Germany When the Catholic authorities found that they could not put him on trial they decided to go after his mother The authorities put her
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