Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Michael Tkacz to speak at University of Delaware


Thank God for Science: How Medieval Churchmen Gave Us the Experimental Method

On Monday, March 10, 2008 at 115 Purnell Hall, University of Delaware, Professor Michael W. Tkacz will kick off the Catholics in Science Symposium with a talk that explodes the misconception that science and the Christian Church are at odds. Dr. Tkacz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University.

This talk is free and open to all. It runs from 7-9pm. Refreshments will be served.

Science and Christianity have always been at war, right?

Wrong! Scholastic philosophers of the medieval universities originated the mathematical & experimental methods associated with modern science.

Modern science arose out of the rejection of scholasticism & medieval Christian culture, correct?

Wrong again!

The historical evidence supports a very different view of the origins of scientific research. The Christian theologians & natural philosophers of the early universities initiated the historically continuous tradition of scientific investigation that continues today.

Only when the bonds of authoritarian religion were loosed was the free-thinking necessary for scientific progress possible Surely that truism is correct?

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

The contributions of churchmen are so significant that one may rightly say that the scientific revolution took place, not in the seventeenth century—the time of Galileo—as commonly thought, but in the thirteenth century—the time of Thomas Aquinas.

A look at some of the experimental efforts of medieval thinkers will reveal a forgotten early chapter in the history of science. It will also reveal the close association of the Christian faith & the scientific spirit.

For additional information, contact Kate Rogers at 302-831-8480 or krogers@udel.edu. This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Students of Western Civilization, and the Catholic Scholars of Delaware. # # #

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