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The Christian Foundations of Modern Science


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#1 Ken Gilmore

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:16 AM

Kelly O'Connell argues that modern science owes not a little to Christianity:

To suggest that modern science had a Christian beginning would seem to most folks as absurd. This is true for several reasons. First we are propagandized daily with the “fact” that science and religion have nothing in common, but mix like oil and water. Second, the educational system in America leaves many of its victims totally incapable of critical thinking, thanks to progressive education icon John Dewey. Third, the complete trashing of religion in general, and Christianity in particular, has become an enormous goal of the secular culture, with much success currently.

And yet, it was well-known that in the groundbreaking science fellowship—London’s Royal Society—sat an unusual number of Puritans and other deeply religious persons. Further, some of the greatest scientific minds of early modern science’s age were profound Believers. And now we have a source explaining some of this apparent contradiction. A recent book suggests modern science was a direct result of a Christian worldview. Further, and more remarkably—that early scientist’s desire to regain the Adamic knowledge from the Garden was their chief aim. This is the subject of this essay.

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“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei

#2 Fortigurn

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:49 AM

Nice. That will get wheels spinning in the blogosphere. :D

#3 Evangelion

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:53 AM

Neil Godfrey and Earl "Mr Angry" Doherty won't be too pleased. Can't say I'm happy about the source, though. That website is utterly repugnant on a number of levels.

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'Abba Antony said, "A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, 'You are mad, you are not like us.'"'

Ward, Benedicta. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (2006), Antony 25, p. 5.

Credo.




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