A Display on Galileo With Catholic Overtones

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A Display on Galileo With Catholic Overtones

#1  Postby Aca » Jul 22, 2010 8:57 pm

i really wasn't sure where to post this :? , so mods please kindly move to appropriate fora

FLORENCE, Italy — The Galileo case is often seen starkly as science’s first decisive blow against not only faith but also the power of the Roman Catholic Church. It has never been quite that simple, though. Galileo was a believer, devastated at being convicted, in 1633, of heresy for upending the biblical view of the universe.

Now a particularly enduring Catholic practice is on prominent display in, of all places, Florence’s history of science museum, recently renovated and renamed to honor Galileo: Modern-day supporters of the famous heretic are exhibiting newly recovered bits of his body — three fingers and a gnarly molar sliced from his corpse nearly a century after he died — as if they were the relics of an actual saint.

“He’s a secular saint, and relics are an important symbol of his fight for freedom of thought,” said Paolo Galluzzi, the director of the Galileo Museum, which put the tooth, thumb and index finger on view last month, uniting them with another of the scientist’s digits already in its collection.

“He’s a hero and martyr to science,” he added.

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rest of the article

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/23/world ... c_ev=click

I'm really trying to figure this thing out, but cant really wrap my head around it.

Exposing body parts of saints and so on is rather catholic way of doing things. If he is a "secular saint" and "martyr for science", is this really the best way to honour his legacy? :scratch:
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