Photo Author: monkeyc.net
Photo Description: I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
I loved both quotes. Galileo has a very keen intellect and excellent observational powers and we tend to forget these days that he was both a Scientist and a deeply religious man at the same time - I doubt that many people could tell you what hes actually famous for if you asked let alone tell you about his complex relationship with the church.
And yet the man is a wonderfull example of what it is to server 2 masters, Galileo loved the bible and god and yet could not deny what he saw around him - and he took up arms against the church and its tradition and it cost him dearly and yet his faith in God was constant.
Perhaps that why hes a favorite of mine - he refused to deny what he knew was true; that the earth and the planets revolved around the sun; even after being forced to recant by the inquisition - what more can you say about a man who when finally forced to submit states his recantation and yet under his breath still refuses, muttering Eppur si muove (and yet it moves) despite the recantation he had been forced to make by the church he still could not bring himself to hate.
Oh and I liked this photo as well, for me the cross and the candle have always been 2 of the most powerfull images of Christianity - theyre almost a perfect representation of 2 parts of the trinity when you think about it - the father and the son (god is light of the world and the cross.. well you get it) And it worked well.
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