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 we are beings created by God, we must be living at the center of creation. The movement began by Copernicus to place the Sun at the center was too much for them to handle.
One would think that, if Church leaders had such high ideals for our planet, albeit in their imaginations, they would so adamantly place a yawning abyss between God and His creation, i.e. the dichotomy between spirit and matter.
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