As the Scientific Revolution progressed, the Catholic Church (along with the Protestant Churches) had difficulty adapting to the new ideas.  Galileo's trial became the most famous incident to highlight this area.

Compare two sites on the problem of censorship of controversial ideas, and then explain the role of the Catholic church in assaulting and preserving culture.

The Bonfire of the Vanities
In 1497, Girolamo Savonarola, started a series of fires to eliminate sin in Florence.

The Vatican Library
Books for Popes and Scholars

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