Copernicus, Galileo, & Christianity

Christianity as a whole did not reject the scientific positions of Copernicus and Galileo as is commonly thought. Copernicus was a Protestant, and the Protestant theologians generally accepted his theories without difficulty.  Galileo was the most esteemed Catholic scientist of this time, and a personal friend of the Pope, a friendship that began long before the Pope was installed in his position.  Copernicus' theory was generally accepted by Catholic theologians as well when they were supported by Galileo.  However, Galileo's problem was not an issue of theology or science, but rather one of politics, and Galileo had no political skills whatsoever.  To the contrary, he disdained politics.  His undoing was caused by another individual who had the Pope's ear and who viewed Galileo as a political competitor. This battle within the Vatican caused much of southern European Christianity to reject the theories of Copernicus and Galileo for many years.