Everything Coming Out of Nothing vs. A Finite, Open and Contingent Universe

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Stephen Hawking, present occupant of the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University, is today one of the best known theoretical cosmologists in the world. His important contributions, in collaboration ...
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The Origin of Science in the Christian West

Pp. 41-51 (11)

Julio A. Gonzalo

Abstract

As Whitehead pointed out, science sprang from the heart of the Christian West. This has been well documented by P. Duhem and S.L. Jaki. This assertion is illustrated by quotes from various Christian natural philosophers precursors of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton, including Abelard of Bath, Tierry of Chartres, Robert Grossetteste, William of Auvergne, Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, Etienne Tempier, Jean Buridan and Nicole Oresme. Christian belief provided a “cultural matrix” for the growth of science.

Keywords:

Whitehead, origin of science, P. Duhem, S.L. Jaki, Christian belief as “cultural matrix” for science.

Affiliation:

Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid