Book Review: “Galileo” by Mitch Stokes (2011)

While just about every household has heard of the name Galileo, not many people today know very much about the man himself. In his book aptly titled Galileo, Mitch Stokes has sought to change all that. With masterful researching ability, Stokes delivers a straightforward, personal look into the life of one man who not only changed how humanity views the heavens, but also affected how humanity views the relationship between science and religion. Through Galileo’s discoveries (and interpretations of those discoveries) which combined mathematics and science, he inadvertently thrust himself into a bitter confrontation with the Christian religion to which he himself espoused. Were the only options available to this victim of scientific discovery either to agree with the church leaders and deny his own findings or to deny the church leaders and continue building upon his discoveries? Or could it be that both the Holy Writ (the Bible) and science actually agree with each other completely and that the traditions of the church leaders have been mistaken for quite some time?

Galileo’s venture through the mysteries of both the universe outside man’s control and the Christian religion then under man’s control is a story seldom recounted. But with a flare for the ironic, Mitch Stokes succeeds in bringing this venture to a new audience, one who seeks to understand the “Christian Encounters” of ages past in the context of the 21st century.

[Note: I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson]

© 2011 E.T.

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