June 22 - 1633 - Galileo Galilei is Sentenced by the Roman Inquisition

The rebuke of Galileo Galilei by the Roman Catholic Church has become a signature illustration in the battles between science and religion, but Galileo's dealings with the Church were actually much more complicated than is often thought. The Roman Inquisition used scientific arguments against Galileo, and Galileo was attempting to prove he was not promoting heresy. Galileo had already accepted a rebuke to his earlier advocation of heliocentrism and readily accepted the sentence given to him by the Inquisition, and why he decided to is rather important.

William Floyd