Francis Bacon, the father of the scientific method, once said: “There are two books laid before us to study; to prevent us falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”
On the other hand, some fundamental atheists claim that those who believed there is no God were the ones who replaced Christianity or religion with the scientific experimental method while coming out of the middle ages.
In the Alchemy era has been attacked viciously for its hypothesis of turning base metals into gold or silver. In some recent articles, it corrects a basic myth. This is not to say, the hypothesis is a valid one which should be used today but rather for their time, they were pursuing real scientific questions with the limited information available to them.
In a nature blog…
“The ongoing clash of creationism with evolution obscures the fact that Christianity has actually had a far more positive role to play in the history of science than commonly believed. Indeed, many of the alleged examples of religion holding back scientific progress turn out to be bogus. For instance, the Church has never taught that the Earth is flat and, in the Middle Ages, no one thought so anyway. Popes haven’t tried to ban zero, human dissection or lightening rods, let alone excommunicate Halley’s Comet. No one, I am pleased to say, was ever burnt at the stake for scientific ideas. Yet, all these stories are still regularly trotted out as examples of clerical intransigence in the face of scientific progress.”
The nature blog is a bit confused with history especially using the word the “church”, while its true most advancements in science were not a threat to Catholicism, it doesn’t represent Christianity as a whole nor the Bible. The threat was true believers in particular and her daughters who broke away during the reformation. Catholicism during the middle ages was a very powerful political force during that time using governments to put people to death if they rejected the sacraments as a means to get to heaven.
Also, Catholicism was able to put to death people who were just interpreting the Bible or translating then making various printings for common people in the English language for it was against government law to interpret the Bible. Only Catholicism could make decisions on which languages the Bible could be translated, and distribution and who could do the interpreting. In this case only the clergy. Some of her protestant daughters had a similar problems even though they broke from the Pope being their leader. The conduct of both Catholicism and some of her daughters displayed were not sanction by the Bible and therefore not part of Christianity. So the nature blog was wrong for using, the “church” as representing the whole of Christianity.
But the blog is right about the flat earth belief myth, Catholicism nor true believers who are protestants or not actually believed nor taught that the earth was flat. This generally comes from certain atheists who try to interpret the Bible that way. One sees it often times referred to in certain so-called science blogs or certain atheist blogs when criticizing skeptics of evolution.
After dispelling some of the myths, the writer goes on to give positive cases of the “church” or a particular religion supporting science.
“It was only during the nineteenth century that science began to have any practical applications. Technology had ploughed its own furrow up until the 1830s when the German chemical industry started to employ their first PhDs. Before then, the only reason to study science was curiosity or religious piety. Christians believed that God created the universe and ordained the laws of nature. To study the natural world was to admire the work of God.”
“This could be a religious duty and inspire science when there were few other reasons to bother with it. It was faith that led Copernicus to reject the ugly Ptolemaic universe; that drove Johannes Kepler to discover the constitution of the solar system; and that convinced James Clerk Maxwell he could reduce electromagnetism to a set of equations so elegant they take the breathe [sic] away.”
Hannam said that both “science and religion are the two most powerful intellectual forces on the planet,” and gives the Alchemy era its due, he then attacks creationism by blaming them for “persuading the public that Christianity and science are doomed to perpetual antagonism” as though he is mistakenly protecting the likes of the Dawkins crowd! He might as well blame the Christians in the Roman arena being attacked by wild animals and crucified for causing the “ongoing clash” with Nero.
Just like Catholicism mainly focused on those who didn’t believe or practice the sacraments and was able to put to death countless people who believed in God during the middle ages, the focus of their most hated group in the academia world today are the creationists. Alchemists get more respect than people who take God’s word as a historical account of origins, even though the great scientists Hannam listed, including Copernicus, Kepler, Newton and Maxwell all believed it. Why would many in the academia world today hate what creationists stand for? Because it’s the truth!