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This post is a continuation of The Origin of Evolution Theory
As strange as it may sound, modern science is not directly concerned with reality, but rather with models of it. Reality is the realm of philosophy. The essence of science is the scientific theory, whose purpose is to provide coherent explanations to observations; an objective aptly summed up by the physics Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman (1918–1988):
No one has ever seen the inside of a brick. Every time you break the brick, you only see the surface. That the brick has an inside is a simple theory which helps us understand... (more)
This post is a continuation from The Creation of the World
Unlike physics and astronomy, in which unbiased observation directly contradicted religious teachings, for a long time progress in biology did not challenge old wisdom. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries the work of biologist was limited to the classification of all known plants and animals into taxonomic groups. While their highlighted the commonalities living organisms shared, the belief that all living organisms had been created in their current form was so well rooted that no serious alternative had been proposed before... (more)
This post is a continuation from Faith and the First Scientists
The heated debate over the working of the universe, we have discussed so far, had little relevance outside the scientific and theological communities. Whether it was the sun or the earth at the center of the universe, or what laws falling bodies obeyed, it made no difference to people’s faith. The new discoveries diminished neither the splendor of the creation nor the greatness of the creator. For most people, religious teachings were about how one goes to heaven, and not how heaven goes.
This attitude still prevails... (more)
This post is a continuation from The Inquisition Strikes Back
Standing upon the shoulders of giants, it was the British physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) who can be considered the true father of modern physics – based on solid mathematical models. Newton work evolved science in four different areas: his work of the nature of light, his laws of motion, his development of Calculus, and the laws of universal gravitation. Each of these works would have been considered a life time achievement and would have suffice to place him as one of the greatest scientists of all time. Newton... (more)
This posting follows: Copernicus and the Church
By claiming that the sun, and not the earth, was at the center of the universe, Copernicus directly challenged the Church's sacred Aristotelian worldview. But while Copernicus was the first one to publicly challenge the Church's view of the world, many followed. What he had started not even the Inquisition could stop. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a German astronomer, expanded on the Copernican worldview, and developed it into a mathematical model. The three laws of planetary motion he conceived are still in use nowadays. These mathematical... (more)
As we saw in a previous posting Copernicus, who postulated a model in which the sun was at the center of the universe, knew that the clear advantages of his model would not protect him from the hostile reaction of the orthodox authorities and the Inquisition. It was not until 1543 – the year of his death – that he eventually published his complete work On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres.
It is clear from the extent of the criticism of his work that Copernicus challenged not only the knowledge of the cosmos, as portrayed by the church, but he challenged knowledge itself: should... (more)
Let's continue our exploration of the birth of modern science ...
Since early history the scientists who studied the heavens were the only scholars to use mathematics, and the terms astronomer, astrologer and mathematician were virtually interchangeable. They calculated the dates of the holy days, developed methods to draw astrological charts, and forecast the position of the zodiac signs and the movement of the planets. However, despite their skillful observations, measurement and calculations, many open issues remained unanswered, some unquestioned. Their theories could not account... (more)
There is one Christian altar, For worship, adoration, and petitions.
O dear Lord, I come before you
Humbly, head bowed,And knees bent in worship.
I come forward slowly and meekly,To lay my petitions before you.
I come with my arms,Raised in praise and honor.
Annually, this Advent season,Is a time of anticipation,
And remembrance, Of the promise and realization.
The wondrous birth Of The Savior.
The Christians around the world,All turn towards Bethlehem.
All our hearts warm,At the songs sung heartedly.
Our minds open up,To... (more)
(continued from: Aristotle and the Science of the Church )
While the Church's maintained control of the knowledge of the world, and prohibited most non-scripture studies, alchemy was the exception. The study of alchemy did not challenge the Church’s view of the world and therefore, could be practiced.
For over 900 years, from about 500 to 1400, philosophers in Western Europe, surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, predominantly occupied themselves with the search for the mythical philosopher’s stone (the substance that would transform everyday material to gold, and produce the elixir... (more)
... hands shot up and a few groaned. I silently finished my food and mentally scanned my closet to pick an outfit for tonight. She had to ruin it by making me feel guilty, someone always had to ruin it, I thought.
I was in Israel to grow, to become religiously attached and educated to "my religion". The prior year I succeeded and got to a level I never thought that I could. However summer happened and it threw me back; not to mention my school gave us more freedom. I chose this school because it was strict, as I know myself, if there is freedom I utilize it.
Amy* asked me to... (more)