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Author: MrCynic Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1963130  
Subject: Re: Christians Dominate US Law Date: 5/13/2007 3:19 PM
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And Cynic's attempt to portray Christians as pro-science is wrong

Again I find what I write being misrepresented and distorted. It's not surprising. They can't deal with my arguments on their merits and so they invent an argument that they can deal with and call it mine.

What I said was that the Church fostered the traditions of scholarship and learning through monasticism and the university that led to scientific thinking in the West.

Do you actually have an argument with this statement? If so, then what is it? Is your bias against religion so intense that you can't even acknowledge a simple and straightforward historical fact?

I also wrote that the Church fostered the transmission of literature in the sciences, philosphy, mathematics, and so on, (even though they were mostly pagan in origin.) Yet another straightforward and widely acknowledged historical fact.

And the Church DID NOT uniformly reject scientific discoveries that seemed to contradict belief but usually tried to adapt to the discoveries, except in the extraordinary cases like Galileo, in which the whole thing got tangled up with politics, not unlike global warming has in our own day.

But you are right in one thing, for the Church the final truth was faith and the Bible, so eventually there had to be a parting of the ways between science and religion. But not the way you think nor the degree to which you think they have parted. Nor has the Church ever been as hostile to science as you fancy. The whole mythology of science versus religion is mostly overblown.




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