The NOVA documentary, Galileo's Battle for the Heavens, presents the struggle between Galileo and the church for his vision of the cosmos. This drama, the Galileo Affair, has been told and retold. It is the story of a man whose guide was fact and not inherited wisdom; a hero in the battle between faith and reason.
In Against Method, Paul Feyerabend also presents Galileo as a heroic figure. For Feyerabend, Galileo's guide was often intuition not fact. Feyerabend believed that great science does not work the way it is painted in textbooks. And Galileo was his prime example. He showed that Galileo's commitment to Copernicism did not agree with facts known at the time. Yet it didn't stop him. In other words, Galileo himself was going more on faith than reason.