I am now on my third reading of a fascinating book, “The Genesis of Science”, by James Hannam.
Hannam shows how the emergence of what we call “science” did not spring from the foreheads of a few Renaissance geniuses who managed to somehow overcome to oppressive Catholicism of the Middle Ages.
Rather, those geniuses built on the steady progression of developments by brilliant thinkers during the Middle Ages who had been educated at Catholic monasteries and universities.
One point I found particularly interesting was that people in the Middle Ages knew the Earth was round. The ancient Greeks knew this also.
Hannam also shows how not stupid it was for people to go on believing the Earth was the center of the universe until after the development of good telescopes and some really complicated math.
There is a good section about the Galileo affair in Hannam’s book, as well as in another book I highly recommend. “What’s So Great About Christianity?” by Dinesh D’Souza. I’ve read that one three times also. 🙂
- Hannam is more concerned with showing the roots of modern science in the Middle Ages.
- D’Souza is more concerned with demonstrating how we would absolutely NOT have modern science if it were not for the theological and financial support of the Roman Catholic Church.
Both books are fascinating reads and good tonics for the propaganda that routinely passes for history in our culture.