A while I ago, I did some studying upon the role of religious institutions upon science.
A while I ago, I did some studying upon the role of religious
institutions upon science. Galileo was persucuted and hidered by the church.
However, after this event, ( and after the reformation ), the anti-sciences
turned to be more and more protestant churches, with the RCC subsiding. In
the last 200 years or so, the RCC has not played as an active roll in
Western science as the other various protestant denominations. And, the
papacy has unofficially admitted their error a decade ago. However, it wasn't
a official repreive, ergo "god was still mad at Galileo". The most
dangerious aspect of this supression was that it set a clear example that in
secular sciences, when biblical and the state of affairs disagree, it was
the biblical interperatation which was truth. Up until Galileo, most
'scientists' never went against the church's wish's.
It is ironic that the RCC helped start the revival of true science
and questioning. The calender was way off, I beleive the vernal equalnox was
off by 20 days or so. Not very hard to miss. The church sanctioned the study
into the development of a more accurate calender. However, this in turn
made the reworking of astronomical thought ( which remained anemic after
Ptholemy ). The education of Copernicous was a direct result of this new
interest in re-vamping astronomy. This finally lead to the Gregorian
calender in 1582. The ironic twist is that the newly protestant countries
did not accept the new calender, as a protest to the papacy. England and her
colonies ( america ) did not adopt it until 1752! How about that for an
ironic twist, the RCC made advancements in science, yet others did not
The entire Newtonian physics were developed to explain *why* the
planents move as they did, not just *how* they move.
So, they have no one to blame for themselves....
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