Giordano Bruno believed God was glorified in an infinity of worlds each with orbiting planets and each with humans and their own a Jesus (Science Channel, 3/30/2010). A wealthy student unhappy with Bruno's teachings denounced him to the Venetian Inquisition, which arrested Bruno on May 22, 1592. For refusing to recount his beliefs, Bruno was silenced with a jaw strap and burned alive at the stake on February 17, 1600.
On the 400th anniversary of Bruno's death, Cardinal Angelo Sodano declared Bruno's death to be a "sad episode." Despite his regret, he defended Bruno's persecutors, maintaining that the Inquisitors "had the desire to preserve freedom and promote the common good ..."
How nice. A brilliant mind is murdered and the absurdity of religion persists.
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