Tarnas – “Astronomy and Dante”

1) Terms:

Ptolemy

Cosmology

Astrology

St. Thomas Aquinas

Dante Alighieri

La Commedia Divina

2) Choose any other two words to look up & define.

3) Explain the ways in which medieval theologians felt that Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the universe reinforced Christian beliefs. In what ways did Dante Alighieri use this model to further contribute to the Christian view of the universe?

4) In what ways does early Christians’ acceptance of the geocentric universe create later conflicts for Christianity?

Due Tues. Jan 3

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