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February 15 in freethought history…

February 15, 1564 – Astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Italy. He is best known for his discoveries by use of the newly developed telescope, including the four largest moons of Jupiter. Galileo was infamously convicted by the … Continue reading

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February 13 in freethought history…

February 13, 1633 – Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face the Inquisition on charges of heresy, for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun in contradiction of Roman Catholic doctrine. He would eventually be found … Continue reading

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October 31 in freethought history…

October 31, 1517 – According to tradition, German friar Martin Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various clerical abuses within the Catholic Church, including nepotism and the sale of indulgences. … Continue reading

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June 22 in freethought history…

June 22, 1633 – Galileo condemned by the Roman Inquisition for heresy for publishing his helicentric model of the universe, in contradiction to the Catholic Church’s geocentric model. He was forced to recant and sentenced to house imprisonment for the … Continue reading

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Podcast #9 – Galileo

Galileo Galilei – An exploration of his life and influence, including an interview with UNLV professor Dr. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (author of Retrying Galileo); a discussion of the recent controversy involving Pope Benedict XVI (whose 1990 speech defending the Inquisition … Continue reading

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