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The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 5, Earth in Motion

The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 5, Earth in Motion

The fifth point, out of eight, brought against Giordano Bruno concerns the movement of the earth: 5) The idea of terrestrial movement, which according to Bruno, did not oppose the Holy Scriptures, which were popularized for the faithful and did not apply to scientists.   Basically, the Church refused to accept the assertion that the earth was in motion. The Ptolemaic model said the earth was motionless and that all the other spheres moved around it. They reasoned that, since…

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The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 4, Eternal Substances

The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 4, Eternal Substances

The fourth point formulated against Giordano Bruno reads thusly:  4) The argument according to which “there is no transformation in the substance,” since the substance is eternal and generates nothing, but transforms. For these eight points we are discussing, Bruno’s executioners drove a nail through his tongue (a common practice for heretics being put to death), and fed Bruno  to a roaring conflagration. Giordano Bruno denied the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, the belief that, during the Eucharist, the substance of…

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