15 April 2021, The Tablet

A truce between faith and science: Jan Matejko’s Copernicus


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A truce between faith and science: Jan Matejko’s Copernicus

Copernicus, or Conversations with God (1873) by Jan Matejko, depicting the astronomer observing the heavens
The Jagiellonian University Museum, Krakow; Photo by Grzegorz Zygier

 

Although no objections to Copernicus’ ­theory were raised at the Council of Trent, the idea that Earth was not at the centre of God’s astronomical plan was very hard for traditionalist fixed-earthers to swallow.

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