Reason on Trial Again: The New Galileos and the New Bellarmines

In 1615, Galileo was summoned to the Vatican where Cardinal Bellarmine prosecuted him. The Roman Inquisition accused Galileo of heresy for promoting Copernican heliocentrism (the view that earth and the stars revolve around the Sun). Galileo invited Bellarmine to look through his telescope to see the scientific evidence for himself, but the Cardinal refused. He [...]