But, as far as Galileo is concerned, isn't Gassendi the first Christian (that is the first priest) to support him? I don't know, maybe Bacon did as well.Well, Galileo had supporters in the church hierarchy. I don't know who his first priestly supporter was. Bacon was skeptical about Copernicanism, and not even a little bit of a priest. He wasn't even a little bit Catholic. He was, of course, Christian.I've read Joy's book, oddly enough. Interesting in some ways, boring in others.I don't think respectable modern opinion is that Gassendi was an atheist. The matter is discussed in Popkin's history of skepticism.I teach philosophy. What did you get taught about Gassendi during your Christian upbringing? Do liberal Catholics think of Gassendi as some kind of hero?Pierre
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