The medieval idea of burning people because of their religious beliefs is horrific, but it only adds to the tragedy to say Bruno’s death illustrates the warfare between faith and science.
Bruno was not executed for his view that we live in a vast universe with vast numbers of planets.
To advance the false conception that science is always in conflict with religious tradition, some influential scientists and science popularizers tell us stories about the past and the present.
The point of Dr. Keas’s book is historical but also very timely: Scientists who challenge materialism today face discrimination as heretics that squelches their research and teaching.
Behind all the myths skewered in Dr. Keas’s book lies the idea of religion cast falsely as a retarding force on science.