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Galileo (Christian Encounters Series)

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We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are fam...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published February 26th 2011)
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Douglas Wilson
This was a really fun read. Quick, lively, pungent -- just a good job all around. The take away point is that the "lesson of Galileo" is almost the polar opposite of what everybody thinks it is. Galileo was in hot water because the Church had compromised with the best science available (Aristotelianism), and when the science changed, the Church was in a jam. Kind of like today when the science of microbiology makes Darwinianism at the cellular level kind of buffoonish, and yet the best brains in...more
Timothy Stone
To say that science is not my best subject, would be an understatement. I am horrible at it, but math is much worse for me to understand and deal with. Science is my veritable forte compared to mathematics. So parts of this book went way, *way* beyond my head. I will say that the author, Mitch Stokes, helped to explain the issues well enough to make it clear that Galileo's supposed brave stand for secularism is an absolute myth that insults Galileo by denying his immense faith in Christ. It was...more
Deborah Sloan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Galileo by Mitch Stokes - Christian Encounters Series

I must admit it's been numerous years since I was in school learning about the sciences and the contribution made my men such as Galileo to astronomy and the knowledge of the planets. This is way I was so interested in reviewing this book from Book Sneeze, not only as a refresher but to learn more about this amazing man who lived during the volatile time of the inquisition and plague.

Though part of the Christian Encoun...more
Leona Olson
Galileo by MItch Stokes

This is a book about Galileo Galilei and some other men of science. I always thought of Galileo being an astronomer but find he was so talented in mathematics and physics. His father wanted him to be in medicine but that was not where Galileo's interest was. This was a very detailed book on theories and methods of experiments. Math and physics are not at the top of my list so I had problems with some of the details; my husband could understand the physics when I read part...more
Alexis Neal
An account of Galileo's life, work, and beliefs, with particular emphasis on his interactions with the Church--his attitude toward the Church, and the Church's somewhat inconsistent reactions to his research and ideas. Most notably, Stokes claims that Galileo never intended to rebel against the Church, but saw himself as a devoted Catholic and was constantly surprised by the violence with which his writings and teaching were opposed.

Informative, to be sure. But Stokes can't seem to make up his...more
Sarah
If you’re looking for a book that will give you and your child some background into the man named Galileo then you’ll want to check out Galileo in the Christian Encounters series. If you just want to study up on famous people or you want to know more about old time astronomers this book will give you the history behind the man who was able to be both Christian and a scientist without letting go of either or of leaving behind his Christian faith.

While this book isn’t meaty it would be perfect for...more
Ryan Adair
This was a really good book; fun and to the point. There's a lot of information packed in this thing.

Galileo is often thought of as a secular freethinker who was persecuted by the church because of his views on science, as opposed to religion. But the truth is that he was a devout Catholic who wasn't pitting science against religion, but pursuing science because of his belief in God being the Creator of all things.

He got into trouble as he began to embrace Copernicanism and the heliocentric vi...more
Kirsten Pilkerton
I recently received Mitch Stokes’ Galileo, and finally got a chance to read through it. Overall, it was definitely a good read, and was presented clearly and honestly. Stokes does a great job of recounting Galileo’s life and pursuits in an easy-to-understand manner. He could have easily taken a couple of different stances, either that of Galileo was just, pure awesome, or that of the church was just trying their best. Stokes did neither, and I appreciated it immensely.

Disclaimer: Recently, I sig...more
Clay
This was an enjoyable and approachable survey of Galileo's life and his conflict with the inquisition over Copernicanism. Mr. Stokes give us much background into the Aristotelian cosmology in vogue during the early renaissance period, and shows that in many ways, Galileo's trouble were caused more by his unseating of a pagan philosophy than his questioning of historical interpretations of scripture.

Mr. Stokes also does a good job of chronicling Galileo's scientific discoveries and methodologies...more
John
Picked this book up on Amazon's $.99-$2.99 sale, and did not know it was a Christian-based view of the great Galileo. Given his lifelong encounters with the church and how the organization affected his life, it hopefully will provide an interesting perspective.

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A very interesting, humorous at times, and well-written overview of Galileo's life. I didn't learn much new in the broader story, but many of the fine details that Stokes reveals paint an interesting story of the man's life. I wish...more
Brian
Most bios these days aim to get close to the personality of their subject and, while some work brilliantly, it has become tiresome. While I feel like I know Galileo, I still feel like this is something I could have read from a very well informed reporter/philosopher. It is the philosophy bit that separates this biography from others. Galileo's case is very important for discussions of the philosophy of science and scientific inquiry and nobody can approach these questions neutrally and the book...more
Albert
I was not overly impressed with this work as the information presented had nothing to add to the hundreds of books about Galileo. This seemed to me to be just a regurgitation of the same story with maybe a little introspective of how Galileo lived his life as a religious/scientific person. I found nothing in the book that would make it unique and thought that it was a little pointless. However, if you are in need of a cliff note version of Galileo and his life you may want to pick this up. Could...more
Bob
This concise biography of Galileo won't take long for you to read, but you will pick up a surprisingly good understanding of the political forces that set off the Catholic Church's trial of Galileo for heresy toward the end of his life. It is fascinating that many of the problems that Galileo faced were just a clash of egos instead of ideas.

Galileo was one of the most brilliant scientists of any era. He completely changed the world's ideas of how the universe operated. It was not an easy job how...more
Steve
I really did like this. These short 200 pages biographies have been excellently delivered and this has been just great.
Mitch Stokes does a great job of explaining the scientific background, ancient cosmology, the Aristotelian worldview etc.. He dispells the myths, giving us the authentic Galileo, who was neither the radical "free thinker", nor lone voice of Science against the Church.
Micah Harding
After reading this book it was a pleasure to hear another reader say "I found that it was an extremely balanced book." He took the words out of my mouth. Although my initial gut response was that the author could have pushed a little harder, on second thoughts I think that he has succeeded in speaking softly, and in doing that I'm convinced he has done enough.
Jerry
A ton of fun and counter popular thought. Galileo was a churchman and faithful Christian working against Greek (natural) philosophy that had taken hold in parts of the Roman church. Stokes' writing is punchy, engaging and witty.
Christopher
Dryly humorous and snappy. Dr. Stokes does a great job of introducing Galileo as a personality and also thoroughly explains the controversy surrounding his life.

Also read in Spring of 2012
Matthew Hurley
In this intriguing account of Galileo's life and works, Stokes carefully examines the complex issues between Galileo's discoveries and the Catholic church, between science and faith.
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Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion)...more
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