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The Galileo Connection

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The church disagreed with Galileo. That set off a controversy that rages on today. The passion remains but the issues have changed and the arguments have become more complex. Do miracles conflict with scientific laws? How did the universe begin? Does the creation story in Genesis conflict with evolution? Hummel sets these controversies in historical perspective by telling ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 17th 1986 by IVP Books (first published March 1986)
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Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: A study of past and present "conflicts" between science and the Bible, that proposes that the reality of these conflicts were actually more complex, that Galileo and others were sincere Christians, and that it is possible both to pursue rigorous science and believe the Bible.

The confrontation between Galileo Galilei and the church, in which Galileo was forced to abjure his views regarding a heliocentric model of the orbits of the planets, is often cited as the classic case of the warfar
Rick Davis
The Galileo Connection is an excellent book to begin an exploration of the relationship between science and Christian theology. The first half of the book explores the history of the development of modern science, paying close attention to the relationship between scientists and the Church. four scientists are particularly chosen to represent this development: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. The author corrects many myths and false interpretations of the interactions between the Church ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Decent read. The best part of the book for me was the historical part of the book. Really enjoyed the profiles on Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Really worth your time, especially if you want to understand the difference between how we think today and how people thought before the 17th century. The interpreting bible section (the 2nd half of the book essentially) was a little bit more difficult to get through. After learning that formal scientific arguments are a new way of expressing a ...more
Abigail Hartman
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
An interesting survey of the relationship between science and theology, both past and present. I found his chapters on the Genesis account and on biblical interpretation particularly thorough, and I appreciated Hummel's stance on the fruitlessness of Christianity's method of fighting evolutionist theory. I did grow a little leery after Hummel began illustrating the common elements of theology and modern science and I do not think I agreed with all his points at the end. Still, it was a good read ...more
Ron Christiansen
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I took many notes on 4x6 cards while reading this. I remember when I read it I was trying to reconcile my own faith and science. Once interesting quote I noted was "science is not an alternative to God but only a codification." Hmm, not so sure I'd buy that now.

Was probably my first introduction into the details of Newton.
Brigit Kirkpatrick
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fairly understandable for those of us who are not gifted in the science region, and Hummel makes strong arguments for reconsidering the relationship between Christianity and Science.
Craig Mattson
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good history, a bit dry.
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Gives a great perspective of the historical pendulum swing concerning Science and the Church.
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