By Andrew Dickson White
First released in 1896, this two-volume historical past of the clash among theology and technology speedy grew to become a landmark textual content. It was once broadly known, besides John William Draper's historical past of the clash among faith and technology, as a defining learn of the connection among faith and technological know-how. A exclusive educator, student and author, Andrew Dickson White used to be the 1st president of Cornell collage. White held the view that faith was once traditionally against growth within the box of technology. He argued that any interference at the a part of faith in technological know-how had constantly proved disastrous, while clinical research, irrespective of how likely harmful to faith, had regularly led to the top strong. A background of the struggle of technological know-how with Theology in Christendom is the fruits of thirty years of White's study, e-book and lectures at the topic. quantity discusses medication, madness, mythology, political economic system and comparative philology.
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As to its results, we must bear in mind that, while there is no need to attribute the mass of stories regarding miraculous cures to conscious fraud, there was without doubt, at a later period, no small admixture of belief biased by self-interest, with much pious invention and suppression of facts. Enormous revenues flowed into various monasteries and churches in all parts of Europe from relics noted for their healing powers. Every cathedral, every great abbey, and nearly every parish church claimed possession of healing relics.
While various churchmen, building better than they knew, thus did something to lay foundations for medical study, the Church authorities, as a rule, did even more to thwart it among the very men who, had they been allowed liberty, would have cultivated it to the highest advantage. * For statements as to these decrees of the highest Church and monastic authorities against medicine and surgery, see Sprengel, Baas, Geschichte dcr Jl/edici?? p 204, and elsewhere ; also Buckle, Posthumous IVorks, vol.
35 gether in his various journeys, and especially in his crusading expeditions, many Greek and Arabic manuscripts, and took special pains to have those which concerned medicine preserved and studied; he also promoted better ideas of medicine and embodied them in laws. Men of science also rose, in the stricter sense of the word, even in the centuries under the most complete sway of theological thought and ecclesiastical power; a science, indeed, alloyed with theology, but still infolding precious germs.
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