Fwd: The Christian Delusion? - 3 Books on History of Science

From: Kansas City S.
Sent on: Monday, January 6, 2014 9:50 AM
I am constantly fascinated by the religionists claims of uniqueness and selectivity. DavidN and I have extensively talked about the origins of Science and claims by Christians that Christianity has invented scientific method (I am not denying that Christianity has contributed as institution to the education in Europe - were there any other Choices other than Christianity?)

I've recently read The Genesis of Science: The Story of Greek Imagination 
www.amazon.com/The-Genesis-Science-Story-Imagination/dp/[masked]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[masked]&sr=8-1&keywords=Genesis+of+Science+Greek+imagination
A Great little book, goes to show that scientific method was invented (contrary to Christian claims) by the Greeks and other cultures independently and that contributions by the Greeks to science have been ethnocentrically white washed by the followers of Jesus.

I am going to get "I Love Jesus and I accept Evolution" today. Will start reading. I'll try to find out if there is anything in Christianity (specific Biblical quotes) that compels Christians to actually do research about the world. Having read about origins of scientific method in Greek times and total lack of any contributions from the enthnocentric Judaism, further preservation of the Greek thought by the Arabs, selective translation from Greek by Christians and massive whole d
isposal and destruction of Greek manuscripts (including masterpieces of Archimedes on statistical probabilities - imagine how this would have contributed to thermodynamics, chemistry, biology) and most recently seeing mental acrobatics of Christians to blend poetry of religion and inability to prove their Yahwhen/Jesus/Holy Spirit connection with hard core scientific approach, I am looking forward to see what is it about Christianity that calls for exploration of the world and if there are any Greek humanistic traditions that are supposed to be followed.
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jesus-Accept-Evolution/dp/[masked]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[masked]42&sr=8-1&keywords=i+love+jesus+and+i+accept+evolution

The next book on my list is this... The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freeman
http://www.amazon.com/The-Closing-Western-Mind-Reason/dp/1400033802/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389021063&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Closing+of+the+Western+Mind
When the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the fourth century A.D. and declared it the official religion of the Roman empire, he initiated a change that would thrust the Western world into a dark age. The Closing of the Western Mind is Charles Freeman's enthralling account of this pivotal point in Western history. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient world, Freeman shows how the first alliance of church and state resulted in the abandonment of the Greek intellectual tradition. He explains how the efforts of Christian leaders to establish an orthodoxy and solidify their position within the state led them to stifle debate and dissent and to paper over doctrinal contradictions. And he examines early church councils, writings, art, and such personalities as Augustine and Ambrose of Milan in a fascinating chronicle of the church's expanding influence, the origins of its uneasiness with sexuality, its profound opposition to science, and the development of anti-Semitism. With brilliance, clarity, and an eye for the vital detail, Freeman has made a signal contribution to our understanding of the early church and the legacy of faith's subjugation of reason. 

And this one...The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance
http://www.amazon.com/The-House-Wisdom-Knowledge-Renaissance/dp/0143120565/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389021158&sr=8-1&keywords=The+House+of+Wisdom+al-khalili

The last one I'll read will be this The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution
www.amazon.com/Genesis-Science-Christian-Scientific-Revolution/dp/[masked]/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=[masked]&sr=1-1&keywords=Genesis+of+Science+Christianity
I've reviewed the table of content and was fascinated to see that enthocentric nature of Christianity is shining through. Nothing is mentioned about the Greeks and Christinization of Pagan Science is one of the chapters. Apparently, whatever science was there before organized Christianity had to be Christianized which somewhat is perplexing as science is not domain of a particular religion. In fact, how can "poetry" and "meaning" of life deal with calculus and thermodynamics?


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