David B. Hart --> reviewed by Stefan Beck -->

In a footnote to Chapter Six of this book, David B. Hart laments that “one still encounters educated persons who believe that Galileo was tortured by the Roman Inquisition or imprisoned in its dungeons,” and cites, “for example, A. N. Wilson’s God’s Funeral.” I was stunned, not because Wilson had gotten so elementary a point wrong, but because my own lousy memory had conflated Galileo and Joan of Arc, and placed the former on a bonfire, whispering “E pur si muove” (“And yet it moves”) where the latter is said to have whispered the name of Jesus.

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