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Science Historian Michael Keas: Let’s Not Compound the Tragedy of Giordano Bruno

David Klinghoffer

The medieval idea of burning people because of their religious beliefs is horrific enough, but it only adds to the tragedy to say Bruno’s death illustrates the warfare between faith and science. 

Science historian Michael Keas, a Discovery Institute Fellow, is the author of the new book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. One of those myths holds that the Roman Catholic Church executed Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) for challenging the dominant religion of his time on scientific grounds. Not true at all, as Professor Keas explains. 

Bruno’s peculiar beliefs, what really got him in trouble, were all theological in nature. He was not driven by science but by his own outlandish religious speculations. That should not have resulted in his terrible death. But neither should modern day myth makers like Neil deGrasse Tyson weaponize the tragedy in their own war on religion.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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