Did the Church Actually Hate Copernicus? | Adam Ruins Everything

(whistling) – [Narrator] The Renaissance,
the most innovative and hardest to spell period in history. During this era,
extraordinary scientific minds broke free from the chains of ignorance. Minds like that of Nicolaus Copernicus who redefined our understanding
of the solar system in a flash of inspiration. – Actually – Eureka! We aren’t at the center of the universe. The Earth revolves around the sun. – [Narrator] Copernicus
bravely published his theory despite the inevitable wrath he’d face from the Catholic church. – Copernicus, we’re
here to burn you alive. – I shall not be silenced. (gasps) – Ah! – [Adam] Sorry, wrong again! Copernicus himself didn’t
face any opposition from the church because he worked for the Catholic church his entire life. – [Narrator] Wait, seriously? – Copernicus, how’s your work going, you old church bureaucrat? – Very steadily, boss. In fact, I’ve been workin on my astronomy. I have this new theory I’m calling – Don’t care! – [Narrator] Well, maybe
they didn’t care at first, but when he published his book
they saw the danger it posed to their theology, and
they burned him alive. Probably. Right? – [Adam] Nope. In fact, the book barely showed
up on the church’s radar. – Your Holiness,
Copernicus’s new book says the Earth revolves around the sun. – Who cares? I’m trying to figure out
the miracle of how Jesus turned water into wine. – But he dedicated the book to you. – Aw, what a sweetheart. – [Narrator] Copernicus
dedicated his book to the Pope? – [Adam] Yep. In fact, the church was so
tolerant of Copernicus’s ideas that some of his writings
were even taught and read at major Catholic universities. – Welcome to Not Blasphemy 101. Today we’ll be talking
about someone the church has absolutely no problem with, Copernicus. – It was actually
fundamentalist Protestants who eventually rejected Copernicus, because his work contradicted
passages in the Bible. – Want to know about astronomy? Check The Bible. Why can’t you fart in church? Bible. Does Copernicus suck? The Bible says yes. – [Adam] And when the
Catholic church saw how the Protestants were gaining influence, they started to get worried. – No one wants to be Catholic anymore. What do they have that we don’t, cronuts? – Maybe we gotta switch
gears on this whole tolerating science thing. – [Adam] And when Galileo started looking through his telescope,
adding his observations to Copernicus’s theory,
that’s when the church really freaked out. – Now this guy is
starting with a telescope? That’s it, let’s hate
science 10 times more than the Protestants ever did. – [Adam] So the Catholic church turned from tolerance to suppression, rejecting Copernicus’s
theory and banning his book. – This class is now Blasphemy 101. Please take out your textbook, and throw it in the fire.

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