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Presentation: "The Roman Catholic Church" condemned Giordano Bruno in 1600,"Heliocentrism".
In the year 1600, the Roman Catholic Church burned philosopher Giordano Bruno at the stake. He had opposed the authority of the Church on the contentious matter of Copernican heliocentrism, by arguing that the sun, and not the earth, is at the centre of the universe. He questioned other Church doctrines as well - but more than anything else, he demanded the right to free thought. The Church would not tolerate this, and his murder remains even today among the worst of the its crimes. In 2009 Larry Buttrose wrote about Bruno in his book "Tales of the Popes: From Eden to El Dorado", and also presented a talk about him on the ABC's "Ockham's Razor" programme, which will form the basis for his talk in July.
Author Larry Buttrose will deliver a talk on "The Church's Persecution of the Philosopher Giordano Bruno" at the next meeting of The Philosophers' Corner at Ariel Bookshop in Paddington, on 7 July.
His talk will be based on a talk he delivered on the subject on the Ockham's Razor programme on ABC Radio National last year. Last year he also published his popular history of the papacy,
"Tales of the Popes: From Eden to El Dorado - an Infamous History".
With the Roman Catholic Church engulfed in controversy iover continuing revelations of child sex abuse by members of its clergy, this talk which revisits an infamous misdeed by the Church could be expected to prompt some lively discussion.
The talk is open to everyone and is hosted by The Philosophers' Corner – an intellectually challenging group that meets on the first Wednesday of each month and welcomes people with ideas and perspectives about the topics being presented.... people who want to listen and contribute, people who are socially aware of ethical, political and ideological views.
Drinks follow for those who want to discuss the topic further, and who want to socialise with people with a genuine interest in philosophy.
Larry Buttrose is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and journalist. He is the author of more than a dozen of nonfiction books, including last year's "Tales of the Popes: From Eden to El Dorado, published last year by New Holland Publishers.", the New Age satire "Finding The Shelf Within: Spiritual Development Through Home Improvement", and "Speeches of War and Peace". His current project is writing a new stage adaptation of Don Quixote for the Bell Shakespeare Company. He is also completing a PhD at Adelaide University.
Edited by Alec on Jun 21, 2010 4:24 PM