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Book Resources: Unit 4: The Galileo Case (Dr. Thomas Woods)

 

Dr. Thomas Woods: The Catholic Church—Builder of Civilization, Episode 4: The Galileo Case

Film Focus Point: In this episode of the series based on a book by the same name and author, Woods gives an overview of some of the complexities of the Church’s case against Galileo and provides a balance in understanding both sides of the conflict and the enduring perception that the Catholic Church is an opponent of scientific research.

Text Focus Point: Page 144

Discussion Questions

  1. In what sense was the disagreement between Galileo and the Church a conflict of personalities?

  2. If you were faced with defending the actions of the Church against Galileo, what facts would you draw upon?

  3. Likewise, if you were faced with defending the actions of Galileo, what facts would you draw upon?

  4. In what ways did the Church make the scientific revolution possible?

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