Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven

Edge Induced Cohesion

A More Perfect Heaven:  How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos, by Dava Sobel

My feelings about this book and the author’s approach are somewhat complicated and ambivalent.  On the one hand, the book does a good job at presenting the known facts of the life of Copernicus and the way in which he was able to thrive in the morally lax and somewhat corrupt world of pre-Tridentine Roman Catholicism.  On the other hand, this book is an uncomfortable mix of fact and fiction, as the author includes an early version of her play “And The Sun Stood Still” in the middle of this book as her way of bridging the gap between what is known to have happened from documentary evidence and what may have accounted for what happened.  Likewise, the adulation given to Copernicus for his idea of the earth moving around the sun doesn’t account for the fact that…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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