Everybody Knows About the Catholic Church’s Ancient War with Science

Everybody Knows About the Catholic Church’s Ancient War with Science August 6, 2015

Well, everybody’s wrong.

But what about Galileo and… oh, you know, everybody?

About Galileo, go here. Read the whole thing.  Become educated.

Then ask yourself, “What do I mean by everybody?”

Realize that you have no idea what you are talking about and are passing on urban legend.

If you feel compelled to say, “Oh yeah?  Well, what about Hypatia?” go here.
Read the whole series.  Become more educated.

If you feel compelled to cry, “Oh yeah?  Well, what about Copernicus?” go here.  Become still more educated.

If you feel compelled to cry, “Oh yeah?  Well, what about Giordano Bruno?” go here. Realize, at long last, that there are few people more credulous and gullible than anti-Catholic “skeptics” who swallow whole almost any urban legend to tell them what their itching ears want to hear about the “Catholic War on Science”.

Then, go learn about how the Catholic Church actually gave rise to the sciences.

 

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  • Realize, at long last, that there are few people more credulous and
    gullible than anti-Catholic “skeptics” who swallow whole almost any
    urban legend to tell them what their itching ears want to hear about the
    “Catholic War on Science”.

    I have discovered since one year ago and yeah, is quite ironic.

    • ManyMoreSpices

      Not a hard-and-fast rule, but I find that among the irreligious on the innertubes, those who identify as “rationalists” have a better grip on history and the contributions of the Church to science than do those who call themselves “skeptics.” Both groups want material proof of claims before they assent to them, but the former take a neutral approach and weigh evidence. The skeptics organize themselves around the idea of being opposed to religion, and therefore tend towards credulity when they hear bad things about the religious.

  • Certain people aren’t going to buy this narrative until snopes covers it. Somebody seems to have already gotten to Wikipedia though:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_science

    • Dan F.

      That was a refreshingly well written Wikipedia page. Thanks!

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      Certain people won’t believe it until the History channel runs several documentaries on it, complete with saucy titles. Then Bravo or something will need to do a historical drama on it with sumptuous sets and costumes and the assurance that everyone back then was hopping into bed with each other.

      • Alma Peregrina

        But if the Church didn’t hold back Science, then who did?

        Aliens! That’s who!

  • I see that it is referenced in the TOF link, but I’d like to emphasize reading “The Savior of Science” by Fr Jaki. I think it should required reading for any Catholic science dept. at any college or high school.

    Why did modern science emerge out of Europe and not ancient China, Japan, India, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome? Like any good problem solving, one should compare the thing of interest (like Europe) and the characteristic of interest (like the birth of modern science) to other places that lack that characteristic. From here we can look for distinctions. By their fruits you shall know them, provided that scientific fruit or fruitlessness is looked for.

    I published my notes here:
    http://2catholicmen.blogspot.com/2014/03/contemplating-savior-of-science.html

  • MarylandBill

    The persistence of the legend of the Church’s opposition to scientific progress makes the black legend of the Inquisition look positively truthful in comparison. Never has so much been made on the basis of so little evidence.

  • I would subject any statement by believers in Scientism to the request that their comments on religion be put in the form of a scientific statement. Testable hypothesis generates mathematically validated experiment-observation.

    • MarylandBill

      You don’t need science here… the legend doesn’t even pass the necessarily lower standards of historical credibility.

      • i asked for a scientific statement. Yours, above, is not it.

  • ManyMoreSpices

    Bah. All this is nonsense. Everybody knows that we’d have flying cars and jetpacks by now if it weren’t for the Christian Dark Ages.

    • Alma Peregrina

      That has been proven scientifically, for lo there is a graph about it!

  • Elmwood

    i love it when “conservative” catholics point to galileo to discredit laudato si.

  • Pete the Greek

    Oh yeah tough guy? Well how about the fact that them dirty papists excommunicate anyone who talks about stem cells???? Yeah?? That’s wut I thoughtz!!!

  • JM1001

    The problem is warfare mentality among a lot of skeptics (and among any form a intense tribalism, for that matter). The warfare mentality creates the need to devise propaganda in order to demonize the enemy — in this case, the Catholic Church. It’s not about truth or reason or “becoming educated.” It’s about winning the war. To admit the truth of history would be to give ground to the enemy.

    But maybe it’s gone further than that: they have long since passed into the stage of believing their own propaganda; and so, there is a deep psychological resistance to the mere possibility that what they have come to believe to be common sense — the narrative of a war on science by the Church — is historically inaccurate.

  • Michael

    Oddly enough South Park hit the ball out of the park with their “Time Child” series. “Science damn you!”