By Peter Harrison

In recent times, the kin among technological know-how and faith were the item of renewed cognizance. advancements in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions concerning the nature of existence and supreme fact. while, the expansion of anti-evolutionary and clever layout events has led many to the view that technological know-how and faith are inevitably in clash. This e-book offers a finished creation to the kinfolk among technological know-how and faith, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impression of faith at the origins and improvement of technology, non secular reactions to Darwinism, and the hyperlink among technological know-how and secularization. It additionally bargains in-depth discussions of up to date matters, with views from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. the quantity is rounded out with philosophical reflections at the connections among atheism and technology, the character of clinical and non secular wisdom, and divine motion and human freedom.

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Superbly educated in the classical tradition, which he had both studied and taught, Augustine was ordained into the priesthood and, in 395, became bishop of Hippo (a Mediterranean coastal town in North Africa). 11 Inevitably Augustine was drawn into the battle against heretical tendencies of the classical tradition. Scattered through his writings are worries about pagan philosophy and natural science, and admonitions to Christians not to overvalue them. But his voice was often softer, and the tone more accommodating.

This kind of policing of innovatory natural philosophy was usually conducted by the Roman Church, which had administrative apparatus for dealing with such matters, but there is evidence that the Reformed Churches might have followed suit if they had had a similar administration. Michael Servetus (1509/11–53) was burnt at the stake in Geneva, under the auspices of Jean Calvin (1509–64). Primarily a medical writer, Servetus is usually credited with being the first to realize that blood travelled from the right ventricle of the heart to the left, not by passing through the flesh of the heart between the two ventricles (as was believed), but by passing through the lungs.

By P. ), rev. edn, A. Cleveland Coxe, vol. III, reprint (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986), p. 246b. The latter half of this quotation is my translation from the Latin text in Tertulliani Opera, ed. by Nic Rigaltius (Paris, 1664), p. 205. 330–95) in (what is now) central Turkey, and St Augustine of Hippo (354–430), also a North African, to whom we will soon turn. Tertullian, Writings, in Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. III, p. 246b. See Draper, History of the Conflict between Religion and Science, ch.

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