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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?

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