Mythbusting: John Lennox and the Galileo myth
Terrified by the historical narrative of the Church's resistance to and persecution of science, Christians are averse to challenging "scientific" claims. "Complex" is an apt description, too: a group of unconscious impressions, not a well-thought argument.
That's certainly too bad, because so much utter nonsense gets sheltered under the label of "science". Anyway, he argues,
Correcting this historical picture -- the Galileo story in particular -- is one of the great virtues of John Lennox's God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? The very notion of a science-religion conflict is largely the invention of a few prominent (though now discredited) 19th-century historians. Galileo's persecution is the linchpin of this tale.
In reality, Galileo -- a believer in God and the Bible -- received the support of many Jesuits and the disapprobation of many secular Aristotelians, who aroused clerical hostility. Galileo -- whom the Church never tortured, whatever conspiracy theorists say -- lacked diplomacy and seemed to provoke beyond necessity. It is a nuanced tale, hardly confirming the "conflict thesis."
The book I most recommend in this area is the wonderful biography, Galileo's Daughter, by Dava Sobel. You'll see the real Galileo there, a devout Catholic with three kids born out of wedlock (yes!). His clever elder daughter steals the show, but don't let that deter you.