Seven days that changed the heavens

408 years ago today, Galileo's discovery changed our understanding of the solar system forever.  His astronomical observations irrefutably confirmed the hypothesis formulated by Copernicus 100 years earlier that the Earth was not the centre of the solar system. This was an Earth-shattering discovery. Between 7th and 13th January 1610, Galileo discovered and observed the four …

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The Protestant reversal

The Protestant Reformation was a revival of biblical scholarship which led to the recovery of the Gospel.  Nowadays things are not so clear. There are many documented examples of Roman Catholic clerics being ignorant of the Bible at the time of the 16th-century European Reformation, and in such an environment it was relatively easy for …

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The pope of Rome in Edinburgh 16/9/2010 – so what was his message?

When famous people meet each other, choreography and posturing is very important to them. This is why our Queen Elizabeth was expected to wear black while visiting the Vatican. So on this occasion one commentator asked: when the pope of Rome meets the Queen, who bows first? Answer: neither. This demonstrates how important choreography is …

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