Saturday, June 25, 2011
Urban Myths about the Relationship between Science and Medieval Catholicism
On an Evidence list, I have been challenging teachers of the law of evidence to abandon urban myths about the relationship between medieval Catholicism and science (e.g., the myth that the medieval Church taught that the earth is flat). But I guess my effort at basic education is hopeless. I say this because today I see this in the NYTimes: "About 300 years later, another Dominican friar, Giordano Bruno, proclaimed his belief that there were 'innumerable' suns, with each one having multiple Earths — a belief that, combined with other ideas deemed heretical at the time, led to his being burned at the stake in 1600." But see Ronald Numbers, ed., Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion (Harvard 2009), "Myth 7. That Giordano Bruno Was the First Martyr of Modern Science."