- Stillman Drake
The earliest explanations of man and his religion stemmed from religion, before philosophy and then science came onto the scene. It is natural that the later fields were guided by those already in existence. Galileo's importance is due to his refusal to let science be dictated by philosophy. Wildly varying portrayals of Galileo's character exist, from scientific hero to troublemaker. However, these all stem from subsequent events which widened the gap between science and religion, rather than the actual environment of the day. The role of philosophers in Galileo's conflict with the Catholic Church has not yet been explored.