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The Biblical Argument Against Copernicanism And The Limitation Of Biblical Authority: Ingoli, Foscarini, Galileo, Campanella

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This chapter discusses the interaction between natural philosophy or science and biblical exegesis or hermeneutics in regard to four crucial authors whose most relevant works were written around the time of the first phase of Galileo?s trial, namely in 1615?1616. In 1615, Galileo received the unexpected support of a clergyman named Paolo Antonio Foscarini (1580?1616), who published a book containing a theological defense of Copernicanism. The second supplement regards the fact that it is undeniable that the Letter to Christina contains several passages that appear to be inconsistent with the principle that Scripture is not an authority in astronomy or natural philosophy. Tommaso Campanella?s Apologia pro Galileo was first published in Frankfurt in 1622. In his ?Disputation? (1616), Francesco Ingoli included the argument that Copernicanism is wrong because it is contrary to the literal meaning and the patristic interpretation of scriptural passages such as Josh.

Keywords: astronomy; Copernicanism; Francesco Ingoli; Galileo; hermeneutics; Paolo Antonio Foscarini; Scripture; Tommaso Campanella



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