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Has Christainity given birth to Modern Science?

13 February 2012, 13:37

"Every good scientist, regardless of his beliefs, must be as objective as possible. For one thing, instead of being overly self-confident, highly competitive, and unduly proud of my scientific skills, I am now grateful to God for any abilities I may have. Also, instead of unfairly attributing the amazing designs manifest in creation to blind chance, I and not a few other scientists ask ourselves, ‘How did God design this?" so wrote Professor František Vyskocil of Charles University, Prague, who is internationally known for his research in neurophysiology.  
 
 
Astronomer George Greenstein wrote: “As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency—or, rather, Agency—must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being?” 
 
 
The book Science & Christianity—Four Views says:"

Visualize yourself an imaginary “control room for the whole universe...you observe rows and rows of dials that can be set to any value, and then learn that each has to be calibrated to a precise setting in order for life to be possible.

One dial sets the strength of the force of gravity, one the strength of electromagnetic attraction, another the ratio between the mass of the neutron and the proton, and so on.

As you examine these numerous dials, you see that they could have been set to different values. It also becomes clear to you, after meticulous calculation, that even a small change in any one of the dial settings would modify the architecture of the cosmos in such a way that life in it would cease to exist.

Yet, each dial is set to precisely the right value needed to keep the universe running and habitable. What should you deduce about how the dials came to be set the way they are?" 
 
Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Christian de Duve once said: “In my opinion, life and mind are such extraordinary manifestations of matter that they remain meaningful, however many universes unable to give rise to them exist or are possible. Diluting our universe with trillions of others in no way diminishes the significance of its unique properties, which I see as revealing clues to the ‘Ultimate Reality’ that lies behind them.” 
 
 
What makes science even possible is the orderliness of the universe and how energy and matter behave predictably in an uniform manner given the set of circumstance.

Mathematics,physics,chemistry all spew out fundamental order and without such order any scientific works, technology and life will not exist. Who or what is behind such order? An intelligent Designer with no explanatory power?I'll let you be the judge of that. 
 
  
For far too long now has some people discredit Christianity and damaging faith by promoting a type of cynicism about religion that was pervasive among thinking people in the "dark ages “Christianity” has very little in common with the Bible, and the Bible, though not a science book, actually harmonizes with true science.

People have been religious long before Christianity first came on the world scene,yet most scientific inventors were devout Christians. Science has its roots permeated by religion.

The seeming conflict that exists between science and religion are superficial as religion provided the engine room for science to work from. Without religion there would be no science at all. Society did not sculpt the religion that suited it best,but rather society was sculpted by religion. Even religion is an invention by people. 
 
 
Toby Huff, author of "The rise of early modern science: Islam, China, and the West", wrote this on the cross-cultural analyses of the scientific revolution: "the university, a uniquely European invention, kick-started the tradition of scholarly debate that nurtured early science. And the reason Europe got universities was down to its legal system, which allowed the establishment of a 'corporation' as a legal entity. In Europe, students got a qualification not from the state, nor from an individual master, but rather from an independent institution. In the Islamic world, in contrast, traditions dating back to pre-islamic times fostered a tradition of independent scholars who handed out personal certificates of competency. In China, monolithic state control stifled philosophical enquiry although technological invention, a distinctly different social construct, was encouraged." 
 
 
It was christians that built libraries, invented colleges and universities, dignified labour and converted the barbaric lifestyles. And the teachings of Jesus Christ halted infanticide, liberated women, abolished slavery, inspired the first charities and religious organisations, created hospitals, established orphanages and founded schools.

The greatest invention in the field of learning,was the printing press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg, who was a Christian. The first universities came from christian monasteries and missionary centres. The first educators at universities were missionary monks who were uniquely equipped with advance academic study.

All the world's most advance universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg and Basel began out of christian schools. Grade level schooling system was introduced or started by  a German Lutheran christian,Johan Sturm,in the 16th century. And Frederick Froebel,another lutheran christian introduced kinder garden schools. So was teaching and educating the deaf all pioneered by christians. 
 
So in a nutshell christianity revolutionized education by making it available to all people regardless of social standing,gender or race. It was Europe's open nature that gave rise to science and it was Europe that made christianity palatable to the West. 
 
References: 
 

1.Professor František Vyskocil of Charles University in Prague.
 
2.Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Christian de Duve.
 
3.Science & Christianity—Four Views .
 
4.Toby Huff, author.
 
 
 

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