Our current unit in Humanities is called ” Renaissance” and for the past few classes we learnt about Galileo, and for our homework we had to write a short paragraph about what we learned about him. Here is my final project:
Galileo was one of the very first italian scientist, he discovered that the earth was not the center of the universe, he evolved the telescope, and he added many new things to our knowledge. Galileo wrote a book about a conversation between three different characters, a supporter of Ptolemy, a supporter of Copernicus, and an impartial scholar. But what caused Galileo to be in a trial and get angry with the church was that he pertrayed the supporter of Ptolemy as a fool, and the other two were wise men. What happened at his trial was he was found guilty by a vote to 7 to 3, and then he was condemned. The church objected the character because Galileo was basically calling the believers in Ptolemy fools and stupid.
In my opinion, he confessed that he was wrong because he did not want to be excommunicated from the church because the church and Christianity is a very big part of his life. Also in my opinion he wanted to live longer to fully finish his hypothesis because at the time of his trial he was old and so because of the punishments he knew he might not end up as strong as he was before. I would have done the same thing as Galileo, because as a christian I know that being excommunicated would also be a big deal for me and so I would have done the same thing, even though I knew I was right. I think he was being practical.