Skeptical and Natural Philosophy

The Scientific Revolution

Has Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory withstood the test of time?

The Copernican theory that the earth and other planets revolve around the sun is still accepted as true today. Although at first Aristotelians and conservative theologians found the Copernican theory outrageous, the educated papal authorities had a deep interest in science and recognized the explanatory power of the Copernican theory. They tried to get Galileo, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the heliocentric theory, to temper his claims so that the Copernican theory would not contradict religion.


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