2009 International Year of Astronomy - Galileo's first observations (1609)
1. The Roman Catholic Magisterium on the Galileo Affair
Pius VII, Decree authorizing the publication of the Heliocentric Astronomy Textbook “Elements of Astronomy” by Giuseppe Settele, after the claim of a stellar parallax measure, made by Giuseppe Calandrelli, Rome, August 16, 1820.
John Paul II, Address to the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, including Pontiff’s hope that “theologians, scholars and historians, animated by a spirit of sincere collaboration, will study the Galileo case more deeply and, in loyal recognition of wrongs from whatever side they come, will dispel the mistrust that still opposes, in many minds, a fruitful concord between science and faith”, Rome, November 10, 1979.
John Paul II, Address to a Group of Researchers and Scientists on occasion of the 350° Anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s Work “The Two Chief World Systems” (1633), Rome, May 9, 1983.
John Paul II, Speech delivered at the Concluding Summary presented by the Commission on the Galileo Affair, Rome, October 31, 1992.
2. Selected readings on the Galileo Affair
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Letter to Benedetto Castelli (1613)
Galileo Galilei, Letter to Madame Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (1615)
Robert card. Bellarmino, Letter to Paolo A. Foscarini (1615)
A Commentary to the Contemporary Attitude of Church’s Magisterium toward the Galileo Affair: a reading from Galileo, Decisive Innovator, by M. Sharrat (1994)
The Uses of History in the Galileo Affair: a reading from Reconstructing Nature. The Engagement of Religion and Science, by J.H. Brooke and G. Cantor (1998)
3. Humanistic reflections on astronomy and the observation of the starred sky
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), Prayers to God Creator in Harmonices Mundi (Harmonies of the World, 1619)
Robert Boyle (1627-1691), The Astronomical Discoveries and the Copernican Hypothesis manifest the Wisdom of God, from The Christian Virtuoso (1690)
Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), An Umbrian Farmer and the Religious Experience of a Starry Sky
The Concept of Sky/Heaven between Science and Religion (by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti)
II centenary of Darwin's birth (1809-2009)
1. Charles R. Darwin on God and Religion: a Selection of Texts
2. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church and the Origin of Man
3. Selected Readings on Biological Evolution and Christian Belief
John Henry Newman to J. Walker, on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, May 22, 1868
Ernest C. Messenger, On the Problem of Man’s Origin (1932)
Steven M. Barr, The Miracle of Evolution (2006)
Avery Dulles, God and Evolution (2007)
John H. Brooke, Christianity and Darwinism: Can There Be No Common Ground? (2008)