Galileo Galilei On God

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), founder of Experimental Physics

1. “To the Lord, whom I worship and thank,  

That governs the heavens with His eyelid

To Him I return tired, but full of living.” (Galileo, as cited in Caputo 2000, 85).

2.  “When I reflect on so many profoundly marvellous things that persons have grasped, sought, and done, I recognize even more clearly that human intelligence is a work of God, and one of the most excellent.” (Galileo, as cited in Caputo 2000, 85).

3.  “The Holy Scripture cannot err and the decrees therein contained are absolutely true and inviolable. But its expounders and interpreters are liable to err in many ways.” (Galileo, as cited in Ross 1991, 20).

4.  “The Holy Bible can never speak untruth — whenever its true meaning is understood.” (Galileo, as cited in Drake 1957, 181).

Credit: Nobelists.net

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9 thoughts on “Galileo Galilei On God

  1. Héhéhé…I always have questions…but I’m not talking about truth here, I’m not saying the scientists are right (though I do think they are), I’m just remarking that they are more often non-believers than they used to be…if most dogs in 2100 stop barking, the chances are that if your dog was born around then, he wouldn’t bark…it doesn’t mean not barking is the right thing to do or some sort of progress…

  2. If I have it right (I like listening to William Lane Craig’s debates), the genetic fallacy is some sort of claim that a belief is false because of the way it came about…if that’s somewhat correct, I don’t see why I commit it…I gave my opinion, I wasn’t even really reasoning there…

    • The Fallacy is here:

      Most pre-20th century scientists were religious that is why the idea of that the Sun being the center of the solar system come within the Church.

      Genetic fallacy:
      Thinking that because X derevies from Y, and Y has a certain property, X must have the same property also.

      The genetic fallacy is commit when the belief(Most scientist were Christians) is true(or false) because of the way it came about(period which there “Most” were religious)

      I gave my opinion, I wasn’t even really reasoning there…

      We ought to reason before we give our opinions if indeed we what others to consider them.( and If not, why should we comment in the first place.)

      I am sure you want to share your position, that is why you comment, we ought to reason, reread what we are commenting before we post them.

      • I may sound dumb here, but I don’t get it…where did I say anything derived from anything else? Is it or is it not true that most pre-20th century scientists were religious? The 2nd part is my opinion, and you have to agree that scientists are much less religious than before, nowadays…and also less likely to be alchemists, astrologists…if that’s true, what’s wrong with saying it without giving a long argument?

      • I do not have to agree because it does not matter what is the source(How many scientists are(were) religious in a given time) but the truthfulness of its claim.

        Truth is not a statistically dependent. Truth is transcendent.

        Thus a genetic fallacy is commit when truthfulness is based on the source, and not its merits.

        So if all scientists and religious folks start to believe that 2 +2 = 5, it wont be true even if the whole universe believe so.

        You are not sounding dumb at all Hehe 🙂 You have descent question which seeks understanding.

  3. Really? is this just not some way for Galileo to come into the good-books of the church? the same church whom he defied by stating that sun is the center of the universe and not the earth?
    and if i remember correctly there was a time that the church was trying to convince everyone that GOD’s creation the Earth is the center of the universe?? so if someone had not put their foot down and said no! no! we would still be believing that the earth is the center of the universe.

    and my point from all of this is that.. the bible or any holy book is written by human beings and these human beings tend to get a lot of things wrong… of which we blame it on human behaviour… but yet again when we are wrong.. human behaviour is blamed.. but when we are right.. we “thank GOD!” why is this so?

    why when someone does something right they dont say “thank ME!” so many questions which are answered by theological bullshit!

    • Hej Kay,

      It is commonly mistaken Galileo’s relationship to the Church. It is best you read your History before you are carried by false philosophical-new-age-atheism dogma that portray science and religion in conflict:

      “Nicolaus Copernicus dedicated his most famous work, On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs, in which he gave an excellent account of heliocentricity, to Pope Paul III. Copernicus entrusted this work to Andreas Osiander, a Lutheran clergyman who knew that Protestant reaction to it would be negative, since Martin Luther seemed to have condemned the new theory, and, as a result, the book would be condemned. Osiander wrote a preface to the book, in which heliocentrism was presented only as a theory that would account for the movements of the planets more simply than geocentrism did—something Copernicus did not intend.

      Ten years prior to Galileo, Johannes Kepler
      published a heliocentric work that expanded on Copernicus’ work. As a result, Kepler also found opposition among his fellow Protestants for his heliocentric views and found a welcome reception among some Jesuits who were known for their scientific achievements.”

      The Sun being the center of the solar system come within the Church(“Believers”) and Galileo himself being a Christian when saying “whenever its true meaning is understood” he was correcting other believers who believed the Universe was the center. But this is not Biblical, no where does the Bible say the earth is the center of the solar system.

      Indeed they are many Christian believers who believes things which other don’t. Example Dr. Francis Collins(Present of Geno) believes in Evolution.

      There is much of emotional appeal in your comment, it is best you give reasons to why theological answer is what you say it is?

      For the last part, I posted an article which answers “thanking you” 🙂 ?

      • I couldn’t agree more, most pre-20th century scientists (and of course the laymen) were religious…though I seriously doubt they’d be today…

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