Wednesday, August 19, 2015

History, science and religion

I will post this comment on a blog that deals with science in ancient Rome:

Attributing the decline of science (or rather the failure to start) in Rome to Christianity is a game started by Gibbon, but he had an axe to grind: he didn't like Christianity. Hardly objective.

The reason that science was lame in Rome and even lamer in Islam is not due strictly to society not being ready, but to society being incapable of being ready because of its religious framework. If your basic beliefs make science impossible, it stalls.

Christianity's basic beliefs made modern science possible because it conceptualizes a creation that is separate from the creator, a reasonable creator making a reasonable creation and our minds being communicably congruent with the mind of the creator, and thus his creation being in principle understandable. This was aided by what's called the 'creation mandate'  that is in Genesis man being told to take care of the creation as his own.

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