It is easy to understand, devoid of rigorous philosophical jargon, but very lengthy.
One horrifying thing was the manner in which Giordano Bruno was executed in 1600 (click) for holding ideas that were contrary to the Church’s.
Having read of many such executions, I was not affected much. What suprised me in the Wikipedia article, however, was that like modern ‘professionals’–reality show judges, there used to be inquisitors! While, the former decide if a contestant deserves to win, largely based on their whims, the inquisitors would, if a person deserved to live, and if not, what kind of exemplary murder would be suitable. But, totally based on whims!
All this to what end? To shield the humanity from truth.
Truths like, Jupiter’s moons orbited it, that the Earth revolved around the Sun, and not vice versa!
Galileo in 1633, when 70, was made to retract his verification of Bruno’s ideas that went against Aristotle’s two millenia old ‘truths’, which the Church had adjudicated to be, well, ‘absolute truths’. Of course, citing the precedent they had set of Bruno’s ‘fate’ only helped further.
But the reason I write is the fact that I would never lay down my life thus. I would rather take the easy path and give in to arbitrary coercion. I feel somewhat ashamed to be that way, but more importantly, dwarfed by the likes of Bruno who had in them to give up to that end, the only thing a man ever truly owns–his life, with nothing to gain in return.
Through this post I just wish to remind that each time we discard naturalism in favor of supernaturalism, what a great sacrifice we frown upon despite continuing to hypocritically savor former’s fruits, e.g., reading this post! Okay I concede, some might now precisely curse Bruno for that!
Thankfully, because of God we have some humor (click)! 😉
EXACTLY 17 years back (click), the Church realized Galileo had been right all along!