It is at the above juncture that Galileo points at the clergy as being responsible for the misinterpretation of Biblical Scriptures. Galileo in the second paragraph of the letter maintains that the clergy, being too opinionated and conceited, were always concerned with their opinions than in defending the actual truths. It is at this juncture that one can clearly see that Galileo makes a stinging accusation of the clergy of a penchant for carrying out eisegesis. He refers to the clergy as being interested in defending their opinion to an extent that they would go the length of taking certain passages from the Bible to defend their opinion, in lieu of the truth. Galileo maintains that it is the clergy who as opposed to the founding apostles and early church fathers of the Christian faith were interested in making people to falsely believe that faith and reason were immiscible.
Galileo continues that there is no way that the God who created man with all the senses could intend that man be impervious to reason and inquire about the truth. This makes part of Galileo’s logos since it forms the bulk of his argument.
Past Authors Who Would Have Affirmed Galileo’s Work, And Reasons for This
Both St. Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther would have affirmed Galileo’s argument. The former would have found Galileo’s argument being concomitant with the idea that God is the author of both spiritual and scientific truths, so that all truths cannot be contradictory to each other. At the same time, basically, Galileo’s treatise largely called for the adoption of reason, while maintaining spiritual ideals. On the other hand, Martin Luther would have affirmed Galileo’s work, in that just as Luther dismissed the claim that it is only the Pope who can interpret the Bible, so does Galileo who says that the clergy has been errant in their interpretation of the Scripture. Luther was against the idea of the Pope being the sole legitimate interpreter of the Scripture, seeing the idea as an artifice to the malpractices (such as the selling of indulgence) that were taking place in the Church, just as Galileo cited parochial interests among the Clergy as being an impediment to proper interpretation of the Scripture.