From: Ted Davis <TDavis@messiah.edu>
To: Asa@calvin.edu <Asa@calvin.edu>
Date: Friday, November 19, 1999 9:13 AM
Subject: Galileo/Assisi? and other points
>Wendee wants the source of this quotation, which she says may come from
>Galileo and/or St Francis:
>"God wrote two books: the first is the bible* and the second is the book
>nature, which allows humans to observe and experience nature and to answer
>questions about the universe."
>The letter she is thinking of can only be his Letter to the Grand Duchess
>Christina (de Medici), dowager duchess of Tuscany and mother of his patron
>Cosimo II. It is found in a generally (not always) reliable translation in
>Stillman Drake, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (Anchor, 1957 and still
>available). There is no quotation like this there (as far as I can find),
>but Galileo says many things overlapping with this. The closest (not that
>close) is on page 183, where he actually quotes Tertullian: "We conclude
>that God is known first through Nature, and then again, more particularly,
>by doctrine; by Nature in His works, and by doctrine in His revealed word."
>Much better, IMO, would be to use the pithy little statement that Galileo
>borrowed from his friend, Cardinal Baronio: (p. 186) "That the intention of
>the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes."
>The whole YEC movement would do very well to read this letter in an
>attitude of honest searching.
>Another comment. I have not meant to suggest that anyone write a statement
>for the ASA officially, though perhaps this could take place. What I meant
>was for several ASAers to agree on what an appropriate statement would look
>like, and for them to send this as individuals to Dr. Dobson. Better yet,
>if some of us could meet with him or appear on his program. I've contacted
>persons in his organization about this and have had no reply thus far.