Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Galileo by Mitch Stokes

Galileo by Mitch Stokes is part of the Christian Encounters series from Thomas Nelson Publishing. It presents a biography of Galileo that shows how he was basically an outsider during his whole life, due to his views and perceptions of the world and how it worked. Galileo’s father was responsible for instilling this attitude towards authority, he was quoted as saying “It appears to me, that they who rely simply on the weight of authority to prove any assertion, without searching out the arguments to support it, act absurdly. I wish to question freely and to answer freely without any sort of adulations. That well becomes any who are sincere in the search for truth.”

The book also tells of Galileo’s personal struggles with his faith at having been basically condemned by the church for his scientific views of the earth. He felt his cause was just both scientifically and theologically. He was first and foremost a Christian.

I would recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in history and the role that faith played in Galileo’s life.

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  1. Hello,

    I am considering ordering this book from Book Sneeze. My children, 9, 11, and 13, and I have been studying the middle ages. Would you consider this book to be appropriate to read aloud to the children?

    Thanks for your help!

    lane dot family at yahoo dot com

  2. Hi Laura,

    Sorry for the delay, I did not find your comment earlier!

    I would say this book would be appropriate, some of the content may be "above the heads" of your two youngest and some of the vocabulary especially may require extra explanation, but other than that it would be perfectly fine.

    Hope that helps!