Issue 76 The Christian Face of the Scientific Revolution

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Did You Know?

Interesting and unusual facts about Christians in the scientific revolution

the editors

From the Editor — The Specter of Enmity

Are the things of science and the things of God somehow incompatible.

Chris Armstrong

Galileo and the Powers Above

The convoluted tale of a faithful Catholic caught in a web of theological inflexibility, papal power, and his on political naivete.

Virginia Stem Owens

Galileo’s Spiritual Director

Don’t overlook the importance of Galileo’s daughter Virginia (Sister Celeste).

Virginia Stem Owens

If there were a true demonstration

Galileo desperately wanted to find a proof.

Owen Gingerich

Upon Further Review . . .

Major newspapers interpreted the pope’s speech as an exoneration of Galileo.

Steven Gertz

A God of Math & Order

The new science rode in on the shoulders of theological ideas.

Peter Harrison

Luminous Wonder, Heavy Cross

A sense of cosmic awe sustained Johannes Kepler through deep sorrow.

Joseph L. Spradley

Did the Reformers Reject Copernicus?

Some defenders of secular science say they did. What’s the real story?

Owen Gingerich

Interior Design

16th-century students of anatomy saw the hand of God in the intricacies of the body.

James D. Smith III

A Priest Serving in Nature’s Temple

Robert Boyle’s career blended faith, doubt, and the use of science to heal disease and fight atheism.

Edward B. Davis

Newton vs. Newton

Mark Galli is senior editor of Christian History and managing editor of Christianity Today.

Mark Galli

Quotable Boyle

Robert Boyle quotes.

Robert Boyle

Creation’s Symmetries, God’s Mystery

Blaise Pascal pioneered in math and physics but drew faith from revelation alone.

George Murphy

Cosmic Codebreaker, Pious Heretic

Isaac Newton wrote theology and hoped his scientific theories would help people believe in God. But he harbored a deep secret . . . .

Karl Giberson

The Christian Virtuosi

The Royal Society defended religion but laid the groundwork for irreligion.

Chris Armstrong

No Vein Inquiry

William Harvey founded modern physiology by seeking God’s purposes for the body’s design.

Emerson T. McMullen

Microscopic Magnificence

Antony van Leeuwenhoek found God’s great glory in his tiny creations.

David F. Coppedge

natural adversaries?

Historian David Lindberg shows that Christianity and science are not at war—and may never have been

the editors and David Lindberg
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