250 – 350 Word Essay Assignment
Some historians believe that Galileo’s battle with the Catholic Church wasthe most important event leading to an irreparable schism between science and religion.From your examination of the reading material, in particularThe Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, discuss Galileo’s views of religion and science.
Why were Galileo’s views dangerous to the Church?Why do you think he tries to reconcile his scientific views with the teachings of the Church?
Evaluate Galileo’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, in terms of its success in defending his beliefs. Do you think his arguments are framed in a particular manner because of the position of its intended recipient,the Grand Duchess?