"It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments
against christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the
public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual
illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science."
"Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from
moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several
motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For,
it is not the center of all the revolutions."