What’s So Great About Christianity? Part 4

Section 3 Christianity and Science

Thesis: D’Souza spends three chapters arguing that the great conflict between science and Christianity is a gross exaggeration of the historical evidence. Listening to the New Atheists, one would think that science is built on evidence and Christianity built on faith. That science has prospered where Christianity hasn’t. That throughout history church leaders have persecuted scientists keeping them from their important work.

A look at the historical record reveals that modern science flourished in Christian nations and that many of the first (and best) scientists were devoted believers. Contrary to popular atheistic propaganda, Galileo was never charged with heresy or tortured in an attempt to get him to recant his scientific discoveries.

Key Quote: Indeed, historians are virtually unanimous in holding that the whole science versus religion story is a nineteenth-century fabrication.

My Thoughts: I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times that dovetails nicely with these chapters. Written by Paul Davies, a scientist at Arizona State University, it argues that science depends on faith much like religion does. He argues that scientists demonstrate faith in an ordered, rational universe–a fact that they cannot explain but absolutely depend on. Unlike most other religions, Christianity teaches that the universe is ordered. That’s one of the main reasons that science has thrived in Christian countries. It’s Christianity that forms the basis for scientific advancement.

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