Science and Religion

Clerics study astronomy and geometry in the 1400s.
Clerics studying astronomy and geometry in France during the 15th century [source:wikipedia.org]
It is often said the religion is against science [see article sections in wikipedia]. Dr. Dawkins, a very prominent atheist (once dubbed the “pope” of atheism in America, pitted against Mr. Hitchens) is quoted[1]:

“… [N]ot only is science corrosive to religion; religion is corrosive to science ….”

But in a book by Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr, “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization“, he discussed many prominent scientists working in the West and are supported by the Catholic Church. His historical data and arguments resulting from these concludes that not all religion is “corrosive to science” as Dr. Dawkins would put it. In fact, Dr. Woods writes:

“… [T]he Church’s contribution to science go well beyond astronomy. Catholic theological ideas provided the basis for scientific progress in the first place. Medieval thinkers laid down some of the first principles of modern science.”

This is so much different, or in opposition, to the popular belief or have been insinuated in our basic education.

Who would have thought of the contributions of many scholars that the Church have encouraged and supported in their works? Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) are very fond of science. And many others. Look up the following: Fr. Athanasius Kircher (1602-80). Fr. Frederick Louis Odenbach. Fr. J.B. Macelwane. Fr. Roger Boscovich (1711-87). Fr. Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618-63). Fr. Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598-1671). Bl. Nicolaos Steno (1638-86).  Bp. Robert Grosseteste (1175-1253). The list goes on meaning that the Catholic Faith is definitely not against science.

The same book mentions the book of Prof. Stanley Jaki, OSB (1924-2009) “Science and Creation” supporting the idea that

“Non-Christian cultures … did not possess the same philosophical tools, and indeed were burdened by conceptual frameworks that hindered the development of science.”


[1] Taken from wikipedia quote of Dr. Dawkins during a TED talk.

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