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Thread: Galileo's trial-positive or negative impact?

  1. #1 Galileo's trial-positive or negative impact? 
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    Galileo's trial, concerning whether the earth is moving or stationary, is an example of the intense interaction (conflict) between science and religion in the 17th century. Galileo was put into house arrest in 1633 until his death for suggesting that the Earth is moving. Is the interaction between science and religion a positive or a negative thing?

    I personally think this interaction may be negative and should avoid interacting because it stopped people from believing in the heliocentric system which is currently shown to be correct and it slowed down the progress and development of science.

    What do you think? Any other comments? I just want to get more ideas...Thanks! :wink:

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    Is the interaction between science and religion a positive or a negative thing?
    Everything depends on whether the two disciplines are in conflict or whether they support each other. Nothing good can come of religion trying to refute science or science trying to bebunk religion.

    It doesn't have to be that way. They can interact in a cooperative sense. A fine example involved the famous shroud of Turin. Its custodians permitted the scientists to analyze it, knowing full well they might be able to discover it had fraudulent origins. Or on a daily basis, there are clergymen who reassure a hospital patient to accept modern medical treatment rather than to rely on prayer alone.

    Interaction is neither inherently good nor bad. Either side can show proper wisdom -- or lack of it.

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