Everything Coming Out of Nothing vs. A Finite, Open and Contingent Universe

The Origin of Science in the Christian West

Author(s): Julio A. Gonzalo

Pp: 41-51 (11)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805460211201010041

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As Whitehead pointed out, science sprang from the heart of the Christian West. This has been well documented by P. Duhem and S.L. Jaki. This assertion is illustrated by quotes from various Christian natural philosophers precursors of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton, including Abelard of Bath, Tierry of Chartres, Robert Grossetteste, William of Auvergne, Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, Etienne Tempier, Jean Buridan and Nicole Oresme. Christian belief provided a “cultural matrix” for the growth of science.

Keywords: Whitehead, origin of science, P. Duhem, S.L. Jaki, Christian belief as “cultural matrix” for science.

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