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Andrew Dickson White's A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in PDF

By Andrew Dickson White

ISBN-10: 110800010X

ISBN-13: 9781108000109

First released in 1896, this two-volume historical past of the clash among theology and technology fast grew to become a landmark textual content. It used to be generally regarded, in addition to John William Draper's heritage of the clash among faith and technological know-how, as a defining examine of the connection among faith and technological know-how. A exotic educator, student and author, Andrew Dickson White was once the 1st president of Cornell college. White held the view that faith was once traditionally against growth within the box of technological know-how. He argued that any interference at the a part of faith in technological know-how had continually proved disastrous, while medical research, irrespective of how possible harmful to faith, had continuously led to the top reliable. A heritage of the war of technological know-how with Theology in Christendom is the fruits of thirty years of White's learn, book and lectures at the topic. quantity discusses drugs, madness, mythology, political economic system and comparative philology.

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But other ecclesiastical bodies in that city were both pious and shrewd, and so we find that not far off, at the church of St. Gereon, a cemetery has been dug up, and the bones distributed over the walls as the relics of St. Gereon and his Theban band of martyrs! Again, at the neighbouring church of St. Ursula, we have the later spoils of another cemetery, covering the interior walls of the church as the bones of St. Ursula and her eleven thousand virgin martyrs: the fact that many of them, as anatomists now declare, are the bones of men does not appear in the Middle Ages to have diminished their power of competing with the relics at the other shrines in healing efficiency.

For the services of both Jews and Arabians, see Be*darride, Histoire des Juifs, p. 115 ; also Sismondi Histoire des Francais, tome i, p. 191. For the Arabians, especially, see Rosseeuw Saint-Hilaire, Histoire d' Espagne, Paris, 1844, vol. iii, pp. 191 et seq. For the tendency of the Mosaic books to insist on hygienic rather than therapeutical treatment and its consequences among Jewish physicians, see Sprengel, but especially Fr£dault, p. 14. NEW BEGINNINGS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE. 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.

IV. THE ATTRIBUTION OF DISEASE TO SATANIC INFLUENCE. —"PASTORAL MEDICINE" CHECKS SCIENTIFIC EFFORT. Especially prejudicial to a true development of medical science among the first Christians was their attribution of disease to diabolic influence. As we have seen, this idea had come from far, and, having prevailed in Chaldea, Egypt, and Persia, had naturally entered into the sacred books of the Hebrews. Moreover, St. Paul had distinctly declared that the gods of the heathen were devils ; and everywhere the early Christians saw in disease the malignant work of these dethroned powers of evil.

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