March 5, 1616

On This Date in! in 1616, the Copernican Theory that the sun was the center of the solar system and the other planets revolved around it were declared false and erroneous in “The Decreee of the Index” signed by the Bishop of Albano of St. Cecilia. In this decree, the Holy Congregation of the Most Illustrious Lord Cardinals of the Catholic Church in Rome declared several books to contain heresies and errors that were to be prohibited from being printed in any language. They specifically mentioned Nicolaus Copernicus’s theory about the sun being the center of the solar system to be a false doctrine and contrary to the Bible and that no person was to be permitted to hold or teach Copernicus’s theory.

This is one of the many problems with allowing a religion and religious leaders to teach religious beliefs as science, especially when people aren’t allowed to question and test the religious teachings under scientific conditions.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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