Essay heading: A Multitude of Truths

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May 3, 2006

 

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He only wanted his knowledge to be used to advance a previous theory and be used to reinterpret the Holy Scripture. He says this when he states: "For my purpose is nothing but the following: if these reflections, which are from my own profession, should contain (besides errors) anything that may lead someone to advance a useful caution for the Holy Church in her deliberations about the Copernican system, then let it be accepted with whatever profit superiors will deem appropriate; if not, let my essay be torn up and burned, for I do not intend or pretend to gain from it any advantage that is not pious or Catholic...
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He is in a sense begging for someone to prove him wrong using factual evidence. He is showing his sometimes over the top confidence that can make him appear as a heretic. But this is not what should only be looked at. Later he says that he doesn't want to upset the church with his findings when he asks for help from someone that "is more petent than I in these subjects" (Galileo, 100)...
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