Heretics Everywhere: On the Continuing Relevance of Galileo to the Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy and Theology 22 (1/2):49-76 (2010)

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Fred R. Ablondi
Marquette University (PhD)
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By carefully considering Galileo’s letters to Castelli and Christina, we argue that his position regarding the relationship between Scripture and science is not only of historical importance, but continues to stand as a perspective worth taking seriously in the context of contemporary philosophical debates. In particular, we contend that there are at least five areas of contemporary concern where Galileo’s arguments are especially relevant: the supposed conflict between science and religion, the status and stakes of evidence, the question of biblical infallibility in light of scientific progress, metaphorical approaches to biblical hermeneutics, and possible dialogical constraints on public discourse.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Philosophy and Religion
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ISBN(s) 0890-2461
DOI philtheol2010221/23
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