The Galileo myth posits that the great astronomer’s story illustrates the near-inevitable conflict between science and religion — or “faith and fact.”
Be sure to check out the new book Unbelievable 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion - https://evolutionnews.org/2019/01/michael-keas-and-unbelievable-scientists-and-the-myths-they-cherish/
As science historian Michael Keas explains, the story is actually more complicated, nuanced, and interesting than the myth would have it.
In Unbelievable, Professor Keyes explores seven myths about the history of science and faith. It’s a great read. In the case of Galileo, the scientific evidence available at the time was not at all a slam dunk for the Copernican view. His trial and house arrest by the Catholic Church were not simply a panicked religion fighting back against scientific truth. There were scientists and theologians on Galileo’s side and others against him. Unlike Giordano Bruno, Galileo was not burned. He lived out his life at his comfortable rural estate, Villa Il Gioiello, on the hillside outskirts of Florence.
Which, by the way, looks like quite a place. Its name means “The Jewel.”
The photo at the top shows the loggia, a room with open walls, overlooking a lovely parklike setting. Of course, as Keas emphasizes, this is still a shameful episode for the Church, but not a simple one!
Yet textbooks and the media have portrayed Galileo as a martyr for science, and they continue to do so. His myth goes marching on. As we’ve seen in recent arguments with evolutionists, the mistaken notion remains highly influential: a reasonable adult must either give up religion or isolate it, like a poor sick thing, from science. Not so.
Check out the other great videos:
Flat Earth Myth: A Favorite with ID Critics
Hollywood Director Randall Wallace & Michael Medved on the Link Between Storytelling and Faith
At the Heart of Theistic Evolution, an Inescapable Contradiction
And watch all the other Unbelievable videos in this playlist:
The Discovery Science News Channel is the official Youtube channel of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. The CSC is the institutional hub for scientists, educators, and inquiring minds who think that nature supplies compelling evidence of intelligent design. The CSC supports research, sponsors educational programs, defends free speech, and produce articles, books, and multimedia content. For more information visit
Evolution News & Science Today
Follow the CSC on Facebook and Twitter:
Visit other Youtube channels connected to the Center for Science & Culture
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer
The Magician's Twin: CS Lewis & Evolution:
Darwin's Heretic - Alfred Russel Wallce: https://www.youtube.com/user/AlfredRWallaceID