Scientific Revoultions Essay

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Theories that were taught to the public for thousands of years were unchanged, proved, and approved by the Church because of the Holy Bible. The scientific revolution last for over a hundred years and started in 1543, and the knowledge flourished. During this time the Church held total power for all that was taught and shown to the public unchallenged, and unchanged. It was not until the population started questioning and multiple theories became apparent yet, the Church did not think of anything of them. Unacknowledged and frustrated, they looked for alternatives to get the word spread.
That is when they turned to the printing press, and published books filled with observations, their views, and their theories. One of the few who was brave enough to stand up against the Church was the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, Galileo Galilei. Once Galilei paved the path for others to state their theories and thoughts, many stepped up and fought alongside of Galileo. The
Church was obviously against all of this since it challenged not only them but The Bible. Because of the constant fight against any kind of new knowledge, the Church's ideas and views on the world remained the same because they feared that if they were to be proven wrong, it would result in a lose of power.

Since ideas were arising and questions were asked, the Church did not actually have all of the answers. All the reasons, facts, and answers they had were from the Bible which was ultimately the only thing anyone had to believe. (Doc. 1) the Church did not have much to go from to keep the supporters to stand by them. They only had the pictures and words left in the Bible and that was what they were going against and what the had to try and win the dispute. It was not until the technology was advancing that more of the lessons the Church were preaching to the followers began to sound off. The more work

that discoverers did the more the Church began to feel threatened and obviously had to try and put it to an end. Also in (Doc. 7) Kepler was talking about how ignorance, which can be viewed as either be the
Church or the followers, who do not have a broad range of knowledge and go by the Holy Bible. Due to that it was not in the beholders court to go and parade around their work. The Church took an aggressive route, which at during those times seemed correct, since decisions were heavily impacted by their faith. The transgressor was viewed as an enemy and if it was against their religion, they would be tried for heresy. Often times than not, they would be convicted and the worst punishment was a sentence of death. (Doc. 6) Galileo would be a perfect example of a researcher who flaunted around his findings, knowing there was a possibility that he was indeed correct, and that the Church was in the wrong. He began to let it get to his head until the Church would have none of that, and called him in multiple times for his trial. In the end of his trial he was in fact found guilty and sentenced to jail for less than a week then confinement to house arrest until his death. They went on to the extreme of this for the fear of not wanting to lose power, already on edge due to the Protestant
Reformation with those alike John Calvin and Martin Luther. The Church was teetering and were losing followers each moment they allowed persons such a Newton or Galilei publish their work that goes against them. (Doc. 4) Galileo was warning the Grand Dutchess that many people were spreading ideas that were considered heretical and should do something about it. The Church couldn’t