Tuesday, January 15, 2008
RELIGION & SCIENCE: UNNATURAL ENEMIES
There are too many people whose voices are heard in the media that want you to believe religion and science are natural enemies. While I know this isn't historically true, I don't see that fact pointed out too often. However, I've been reading the supernatural thriller "Brother Odd" by best-selling author Dean Koontz, himself a Catholic. While the book is a great read and contains many Catholic elements I may write about at a later date, Koontz knows the historical relationship between science and the Church and gives it mention during the story. Being that "Brother Odd" was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover (and hopefully will be again in paperback), thousands of people have now been exposed to a truth they probably weren't aware of. I'm sharing this short excerpt as a bit of history:
From "Brother Odd" by Dean Koontz:
"Brother John was part of a long tradition of monk and priest scientists. The Church had created the concept of the University and had established the first of them in the twelfth century. Roger Bacon, a Franciscan monk, was arguably the greatest mathematician of the thirteenth century. Bishop Robert Grosseteste was the first man to write down the necessary steps for performing a scientific experiment. Jesuits had built the first reflecting telescopes, microscopes, barometers, were first to calculate the constant of gravity, the first to measure the height of the mountains on the moon, the first to develop an accurate method of calculating a planet's orbit, the first to devise and publish a coherent description of atomic theory."