Sunday, May 1, 2011

Galileo (Christian Encounters Series)

A copy of this book was generously provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. All opinions herein are strictly my own.
http://www.amazon.com/Galileo-Christian-Encounters-Thomas-Nelson/dp/1595550313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1304284087&sr=1-1

I enjoyed the book very much. Although some times the subject matter was a bit over my head.
I often found myself having to re-read the details of a paragraph.
Galileo was an amazing man, a true genius.  I learned so very much about him.
It's only too bad the Church hadn't left him alone so he could have done more.
But he must have had God-given insight into the things he believed, such as the sun being the center of the universe.  How else could he have come up with his ideas.
I loved the way his spyglass discoveries were described.
How could anyone calculate the dimensions of Dante's hell?
I do believe Galileo was somewhat "religious", definitely Catholic and not wanting to upset the pope or cardinals, so he was very selective in his texts.
He did believe "the the proper interpretation of Scripture cannot conflict with the proper interpretation of nature." This is true today. As the more scientific knowledge we discover, it conforms with the Bible's Scripture.
And he was very clever in writing his "Dialogue" in conversational form among three men.
And he was especially clever in using the name Simplicio, the ancient & esteemed commentator on Aristotle as one of the men.  The conversation takes place in 4 days, each day with a different topic, such as the moon's surface, phases of Venus, sunspots, satellites of Jupiter, rotating & revolving of the earth.  All most interesting.