Article: Is Christianity At War With Science? (3/20)June 13, 2007
It cannot be denied that the greatest number advances in scientific knowledge and achievement have taken place in Western Europe, during the Christian era. No other place on earth, and no other era in recorded human history, has achieved anything comparable.
If Christianity has genuinely been a repressive and persecuting enemy of science, retarding progress and knowledge, then we would expect to see some evidence of this. In fact, we would expect to see a very great deal of evidence for this, given that Christianity has been the dominant religious influence in Western Europe for over 1,500 years.
The historical evidence, however, is the exact opposite of what we expect:
‘The Greek concept of God caused a deep confusion between cosmology and theology and was a dead-end to science, as we know it in our time.
The Judeo-Christian God provides the ground upon which a scientific culture can be pursued. This is a fact not well enough appreciated in our time.’
John McKenna, article ‘John Philoponus, Sixth Century Alexandrian Grammarian, Christian Theologian and Scientific Philosopher’, Quodlibet Journal, Volume 5, Number 1, January 2003
Over the following pages, a large body of evidence will be presented demonstrating that Christians down through the centuries, far from being constantly at war with science (commonly called ‘natural philosophy’ in previous times), took an active interest in seeking to understand how the universe worked.