On 1/24/2013 8:33 AM, Richard Ruquist wrote:
This is exactly what happened to Islam in the 1300s.
After the fundamentalists took over, rationality was dispensed with,
and centuries of scientific progress were deemed sufficient for Islam
for all time. And so it seems that Islam went from world leadership in
science to where it is today.

Fortunately the same did not happen to the Christians. But based on
John's comments, I wonder why not.

But it did happen. The Greeks already knew the Earth was a sphere, how far away and how big the Sun was. They had a speculative idea of biological evolution. They had the concept of atoms and how all matter might be constructed from just a few basic components in different combinations. Aristotle was an empiricist. If it had not been for the early Church's emphasis on faith, dogma, and rationalism, science would be centuries more advanced.


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