Article: Is Christianity At War With Science? (4/20)June 15, 2007
The following is a list of Christians down through the centuries who, 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.
190 AD: Tertullian: He believed that reason is a gift from God by which we understand the world around us, and that God’s character is discernable from the blessings of nature He gives to all men, good and evil.
‘Reason, in fact, is a thing of God, inasmuch as there is nothing which God the Maker of all has not provided, disposed, ordained by reason – nothing which He has not willed should be handled and understood by reason.
All, therefore, who are ignorant of God, must necessarily be ignorant also of a thing which is His, because no treasure house at all is accessible to strangers. And thus, voyaging all the universal course of life without the rudder of reason, they know not how to shun the hurricane which is impending over the world.’
Tertullian, ‘On Repentance’, chapter 1, sections 2-3, 190 AD
‘There has been given to us as a model in the practice of patience no [merely] human product fashioned of the dullness of Cynic indifference, but the divine ordinance of a life-giving and heavenly way of life which points out as an exemplar of patience God Himself.
Long has He been scattering the brilliance of this light [of the sun] upon the just and unjust alike and has allowed the deserving as well as the undeserving to enjoy the benefits of the seasons, the services of the elements, and the gifts of all creation.’
Tertullian, ‘Letter On Patience’, chapter 2, 190 AD