A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in by Andrew Dickson White

By Andrew Dickson White

First released in 1896, this two-volume historical past of the clash among theology and technology quick grew to become a landmark textual content. It used to be greatly recognized, in addition to John William Draper's background of the clash among faith and technological know-how, as a defining research of the connection among faith and technological know-how. A unusual educator, student and author, Andrew Dickson White used to be the 1st president of Cornell college. White held the view that faith was once traditionally against development within the box of technology. He argued that any interference at the a part of faith in technological know-how had consistently proved disastrous, while medical research, irrespective of how doubtless harmful to faith, had constantly ended in the top reliable. A background of the conflict of technological know-how with Theology in Christendom is the fruits of thirty years of White's study, book and lectures at the topic. quantity discusses medication, madness, mythology, political economic system and comparative philology.

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Even Pope Honorius III did something for the establishment of medical schools; but he did so much more to place ecclesiastical and theological fetters upon teachers and taught, that the value of his gifts may well be doubted. All germs of a higher evolution of * For the progress of sciences subsidiary to medicine even in the darkest ages, see Fort, pp. 374, 375 ; also Isensee, Geschichte der Medicin, pp. 225 et seq. ; also Monteil, p. 89 ; Heller, Geschichte der Physik, vol. i, bk. 3 ; also Kopp, Geschichte der Chemie.

35 gether in his various journeys, and especially in his crusading expeditions, many Greek and Arabic manuscripts, and took special pains to have those which concerned medicine preserved and studied; he also promoted better ideas of medicine and embodied them in laws. Men of science also rose, in the stricter sense of the word, even in the centuries under the most complete sway of theological thought and ecclesiastical power; a science, indeed, alloyed with theology, but still infolding precious germs.

17. THEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION TO ANATOMICAL STUDIES. 31 V. THEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION TO ANATOMICAL STUDIES. Yet a more serious stumbling-block, hindering the beginnings of modern medicine and surgery, was a theory regarding the unlawfulness of meddling with the bodies of the dead. This theory, like so many others which the Church cherished as peculiarly its own, had really been inherited from the old pagan civilizations. So strong was it in Egypt that the embalmer was regarded as accursed ; traces of it appear in Grasco-Roman life, and hence it came into the early Church, where it was greatly strengthened by the addition of perhaps the most noble of mystic ideas—the recognition of the human body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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