Science, Religion and Authority: Lessons from the Galileo Affair

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Notes
1
When we speak throughout this lecture about the relation of religion to science, we are referring only to Christianity, which is characteristically based on a set of revelations contained in its sacred books. Of course, the Judaic and Islamic traditions also are based on such written sources, but for complex reasons they have interacted with science in ways which, although similar, are quite different, and thus they have a different history which is beyond our present discussions. On the other hand, religious traditions which are not based on such revealed sources (for example, religions based on appeals to personal moral or religious experiences), relate to science in still other ways which are also not under consideration in this lecture.
2
For a development of this point, see A. N. Whitehead, Science and the Modern World ( New York: Macmillan, 1925) Chapter 1, "The Origins of Modern Science."
3
This notion was first introduced by Descartes in his Principia philosophiae, II, 36 ff.
4
St. Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis. Translated and annotated by John H. Taylor, S. J. ( New York: Newman Press, 1982) II, 9, p. 59.
5
This remark is quoted by Galileo in his Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina ( 1615). See Maurice A. Finocchiaro , ed., The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989) p. 96.
6
St. Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis, I, 19, pp. 42-3.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Prefatory 5
  • Contents 9
  • Introduction - An Unstable History 11
  • Concluding Remarks 54
  • Notes 59
  • The Aquinas Lectures Published by the Marquette University Press Milwaukee Wi 53201-1881 Usa 67
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