By Peter E. Hodgson
The recent discoveries in physics throughout the twentieth century have prompted extreme debate approximately their relevance to age-old theological questions. perspectives variety from these maintaining that sleek physics offers a surer street to God than conventional religions, to those that say that physics and theology are incommensurable and so don't relate. a minimum of, physics has inspired renewed theological discussions. during this serious creation to the science-theology debate, Peter E. Hodgson attracts on his adventure as a physicist to give the result of sleek physics and the theological implications. Written for people with very little clinical historical past, Hodgson describes connections among physics, philosophy and theology after which explains Newtonian physics and Victorian physics, the theories of relativity, astronomy and quantum mechanics, and distinguishes the particular result of smooth physics from speculations. The connections with theology are explored all through. The concluding part attracts discussions jointly and makes an immense new contribution to the talk.
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Is there any connection between the medieval theology that formed the mind of Europe in the critical centuries before the birth of science? In each case we ﬁnd that there is indeed such a connection. In order to see that this is so we have to look in more detail at the historical development of science. The Origin of Science Our present scientiﬁc and technical knowledge has been attained by a long, hard and winding road from the astronomical observations of the Babylonians to the quantum theory and supercomputers of today.
The High Middle Ages The High Middle Ages was a time of intellectual ferment. Schools, generally associated with cathedrals, and universities were being founded all over Europe, and the writings of the ancient Greeks were becoming available in translation. Christian theology was being re-thought using their unfamiliar but powerful concepts. The writings of Augustine and of others such as Philoponus were already forming new attitudes to the natural world. In the early twelfth century, Adelard of Bath wrote his Quaestiones Naturales, which marks the dawn of medieval science.
This enabled them to act with considerable freedom, but always subject to the law. It came about as a result of what has been called the papal revolution, by which the Church asserted its freedom from the civil authorities (Huff, 1993, p. 125). Previously, it was usual for clerical appointments to be made by the civil authorities, but now the Church insisted that it alone had the authority to do this. This established the Church as a separate legal entity and put constraints on the power of the civil The Judeo-Christian Contribution to Modern Science 29 authorities.
Theology And Modern Physics (Ashgate Science and Religion Series) by Peter E. Hodgson