Foscarini, Paolo Antonio, An epistle to fantoni, 1661

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and Aſtronomy, (ſounded upon new Principles and Hypotheſe)
ſhould be conſtituted: For the Authority of Sacred Scripture
will not oppoſe it; neither doth one Truth contradict another.
If therefore the Opinion of Pythagoras be true, without doubt
God hath diſpoſed and dictated the words of of Holy Writ in
ſuch a manner, that they may admit an apt ſenſe and reconcilia-
tion with that Hypotheſis.
Being moved by theſe Reaſons, and
the probability of the ſaid Opinion, I thought good to try whe-
ther Texts of Sacred Scripture might be expounded according to
Theological and Phyſical Principles, and might be reconciled to
it, ſo that (in regard that hitherto it hath been held probable) it
may in after times, coming without ſcruple to be acknowledged
for true, advance it ſelf, and appear in publick with an uncover-
ed Face, without any mans prohibition, and may lawfully and
freely hold a Sacred intelligence with Holy Truth, ſo earneſtly
coveted and commended by good Men.
Which deſigne, having hi-

therto been undertaken by none that I know, wil, I am perſwaded,
be very acceptable to the Studious of theſe Learnings, eſpecially to
the moſt Learned Galilœo Galilœi, chief Mathematician to the
moſt Serene Grand Duke of Tuſcany, and John Kepler, chief
Mathematician to his Sacred and invincible Majeſty, the Empe-
rour, and to all that Illuſtrious, and much to be commended Ac-
cademy of the Lynceans; whom, if I miſtake not, are all of this
Opinion.
Although I doubt not but they, and many other
Learned Men might eaſily have found out theſe or the like Re-
conciliations of Scriptural expreſſions; to whom nevertheleſs I
have thought fit (in reſpect of that profeſſion which I have under-
taken, upon the faith of my ſoul, and the propenſity that I have
towards Truth) to offer that of the Poet,
Nullius addictus jur are in verba Magiſtri.

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