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5.0 out of 5 stars Is the divorce between science & religion necessary? No!, 12 July 2001
By (Salem, Oregon, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Brother Astronomer (Hardcover)
This is a book I had been meaning to purchase for some time. The reviews talked about how Brother Consolmagno was able to reconcile religion and science, making them non-exclusive. This was something I really wanted to hear.
Be aware, this is only part of the book. The book is divided into 3 parts... Biography and work on the origin of meteorites, Religion & Science, and meteorite hunting in Antarctica. While all 3 parts are interesting it was the second part that I found most interesting, and, consequentially, is quite marked up with notes and underlines now!
Brother Consolmagno devotes many pages to an expository analysis of the trial of Galileo, the events leading up to it, other historic astronomers, and the Catholic Church's involvement in science, astronomy in particular. The results are enlightening! We tend to judge these events based on our 21st century norms, rather than taking time to understand what the world was like then and what the prevailing wisdom and scientific theories were.
Consolmagno's opinion is that science and religion are both seeking truth. If there is 'true truth' then there is no reason that a schism should exist between the two.
I heartily recommend this enlightening book to all.
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Brother Astronomer by Guy Consolmagno (Hardcover - 1 Mar 2000)
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