Issue 134 How the church fostered science and technology

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Divine power, wisdom, and goodness

The medieval flourishing of natural philosophy in Christianity

James Hannam

To make whole

Hildegard of Bingen, naturalist and apothecary

Glenn Myers

What is so great about Albert?

The preserver of scientific riches 

Michael W. Tkacz

The clergy behind science as we know it

Enlightenment-era pastors didn’t oppose modern science. They helped advance it.

Jennifer Powell McNutt

A world of love and light

Christian theology shaped modern science through the work of Johannes Kepler and Robert Boyle

Edward B. Davis

Science and Technology: Did you know?

Christian thinkers have always studied God’s creation through science—and used the results to benefit others

the editors and Edward B. Davis.

Letters, Christian History 134

Readers respond to Christian History

readers and editors

Editor's note: Christian History 134, Science and Technology

The Scientific Revolution was led by people of faith who pursued scientific and technological innovation out of Christian motives and understandings.

Jennifer Woodruff Tait and Chris Armstrong

Natural adversaries

Has Christianity always warred with science?

David Lindberg

The condemnations of 1277

 Debates over Aristotle’s role in scientific exploration

James Hannam

Faithful friar or scientific sorcerer?

Roger Bacon on experimental science

Richard Oosterhoff

Christian History Timeline: Faith and Science

A few of the highlights of Christian exploration of science that we touch on in this issue

the editors

Science vs. religion

 What is really at war here?

James Ungureanu

The “religion of geology”

Edward Hitchcock

Edward B. Davis

Drinking from a fount on Sunday

Michael Faraday’s experiments advanced the study of electricity

Geoffrey Cantor

Freedom from dualism

On several occasions Maxwell indicated his view on the relationship between his faith and physics.

Tom Topel

“I know that my Redeemer liveth”

George Washington Carver sought to understand God’s creation and develop its benefits for others

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

God made it, God loves it, God keeps it

We talked to four scientists who are believers—three with distinguished careers and one embarking on the journey.

the editors and interviewees

Science and Technology: Recommended resources

Learn more about Christian scientists and inventors throughout church history with these resources selected by this issue’s authors and editors.

the editors
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