Dinesh D Souza, The Greatness of Christianity: Table of Contents

Cf. Dinesh D’souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, at Amazon

“I believe the idea that Galileo’s trial was a kind of Greek tragedy, a showdown between blind faith and enlightened reason, to be naively erroneous.” —Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers

DESPITE THE ROLE OF CHRISTIANITY in the origin and development of science, the theme of the warfare between science and religion persists. What gives this narrative its enduring power? It is the reported cases of church persecution of scientists like Copernicus and Galileo. Atheist writers have taken up this theme with a vengeance. Daniel Dennett singles out the Catholic church and faults “its unfortunate legacy of persecution of its own scientists.” Bruce Jakosky writes, “Copernicus’s views were not embraced by the church; the history of his persecution is well known.” Carl Sagan portrays Galileo “in a Catholic dungeon threatened with torture” for his “heretical view that the earth moved about the sun.” Noting that Galileo was “not absolved of heresy until 1992,” Sam Harris recalls the Christian tradition of “torturing scholars to the point of madness for merely speculating about the nature of the stars.”