Vatican City and the Sublunary Sphere

Vatican City and the Sublunary Sphere

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I find it interesting that there would be a giant modern sublunary sphere in the centre of a courtyard in the Vatican city. The sphere represents an earth that is central to the universe with all celestial bodies circling it. While it is obvious that that was Catholic doctrine for many years it seems that, to have a modern sculpture of it here, it brings up that failed argument again and highlights the imprisonment of Galileo Galilei for daring to say that perhaps the earth rotates around the sun. That man and the earth are not the centre of the universe.

It's a little odd to put a reminder of a lost battle in the centre of the Vatican. Not a heroic lost battle, but one that showed a major flaw in philosophy and intransigence in the face of new information.

A battle that everyone knows the Catholic Church lost.

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Posted: 2010-05-07 | 07:48





Vatican City and the Sublunary Sphere

Vatican City and the Sublunary Sphere

I find it interesting that there would be a giant modern sublunary sphere in the centre of a courtyard in the Vatican city. The sphere represents an earth that is central to the universe with all celestial bodies circling it. While it is obvious that that was Catholic doctrine for many years it seems that, to have a modern sculpture of it here, it brings up that failed argument again and highlights the imprisonment of Galileo Galilei for daring to say that perhaps the earth rotates around the sun. That man and the earth are not the centre of the universe.

It's a little odd to put a reminder of a lost battle in the centre of the Vatican. Not a heroic lost battle, but one that showed a major flaw in philosophy and intransigence in the face of new information.

A battle that everyone knows the Catholic Church lost.

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Taken: 2010-05-06 19:10:24
Posted: 2010-05-07 | 07:48


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