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Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki

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It is a stark claim to say that science was born of Christianity, but do not reject this claim without understanding what it is about, as so many have done. This book provides the historical research and the reasoning in outline form, to be read beginning to end, browsed one chapter at a time, or referenced when presenting and defending the argument to others. The claim th ...more
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Published December 5th 2013
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Emily
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is an interesting read! Jaki's work is expansive, both as a physicist and a theologian, and I get the feeling this book is but a glance into his research and teaching. The title is bound to ruffle some feathers if not understood, but Jaki's idea is simply that Christianity in the Middle Ages contributed to the rise of modern science and that the Church was a patron of science. This book explores ancient culture's discoveries and advancements, then goes on to describe why Jaki believed that ...more
Ryan
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is a certain irony in the fact that I am reviewing and commenting on this book, since it is itself a review and commentary of the corpus of work of Fr. Stanley Jaki. However, Stacy Trasancos’ book fills a very necessary and unique niche, which I will try to explain.

Fr. Jaki was a Benedictine priest, theologian, physicist and historical researcher, world famous lecturer and honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. He decades researching, studying, writing and lecturing on
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Jim Milway
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
How's this for a bodacious assertion - without Christianity we wouldn't have all the progress from modern science? But didn't the Church stand in the way of science? Galileo?

Stacy Trasancos traces the work of Fr Stanley Jaki, a priest with doctorates in theology and physics. He wrote much on the philosophy and history of science. He worked in an academic setting and his books can be heavy going. Trasancos, herself a scientist, has done the heavy lifting for us and made Jaki's work more accessibl
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Scott E Hodges
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good primer

This book is first and foremost a prep for other Jaki works. Second, it's a work of explaining the overarching theme and how to convey those works. On those two topics it does well.

Having read some of the references and not Jaki himself, I had come to basically the same conclusion. However, Jaki is much more eloquent than I it seems. I agree with the author, how the truth will ever be conveyed is a dilemma. Our schools are embedded with a history that flies in the face of the assertio
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Lorraine Shelstad
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book explaining the ideas of Father Stanley Jaki; physicist, historian of science and Catholic priest who wrote a number of books (one was "The Saviour of Science") on the "birth of science". He has been sometimes misunderstood. So Dr Stacy Trasancos, a scientist herself and convert to the Catholic Church, has written this book to make his ideas and philosophy more accessible to us. Fr Jaki felt that Christianity allowed for the 'birth' of science whereas the culture of other relig ...more
Manolo
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantástica panorámica de cómo la ciencia fue concebida en varias ocasiones pero sin llegar a ver La Luz. Y cómo fue de nuevo concebida y finalmente nació cuando nació.
Muy recomendable. Ameno. Gran trabajo de la autora.
Robert Frank
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Stacy Trasancos has done well in sifting the essentials out of Fr. Stanley Jaki’s prolific writing. Fr. Jaki’s work is very helpful for understanding how the growth of science has depended upon its relationship to Christianity. This book will bring attention to Fr. Jaki’s work and make readers more aware of its importance.
Pamela
Science and religion: Eternal antagonists? Of course not! If you have ever had trouble explaining exactly why to someone then you need to read this book. The case for Christianity providing a world-view allowing science to flourish is laid out convincingly against a background of history.
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