The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy by Nancy Pearcey

By Nancy Pearcey

"I think about The Soul of technology to be a most important publication which, in our clinical age, could be required interpreting for all considering Christians and all practising scientists. The authors exhibit how the flowering of recent technological know-how depended upon the Judeo-Christian worldview of the life of a true actual contingent universe, created and held in being through an all-powerful own God, with guy having the functions of rationality and creativity, and hence being able to investigating it. Pearcey and Thaxton make first-class use of analogies to clarify tricky innovations, and the readability in their reasons for the nonspecialist, for instance, of Einstein's relativity theories or of the informational content material of DNA and its results for theories of prebiotic evolution, are particularly unprecedented, by myself making the amount worthy purchasing." --Dr. David Shotton, Lecturer in telephone Biology, division of Zoology, collage of Oxford "Pearcey and Thaxton express that the alliance among atheism and technology is a brief aberration and that, faraway from being inimical to technology, Christian theism has performed and may proceed to play an incredible position within the progress of clinical knowing. This tremendous publication merits large readership." --Phillip E. Johnson, college of California, Berkeley "This ebook will be a good textual content for classes on technological know-how and faith, and it may be learn by means of all Christians attracted to the connection among technology and their theological commitments." --J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot college of Theology, Biola collage

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Curiously, this argument is valid; the earth’s rotation produces what is known as the Coriolis force, which is demonstrated by the Foucault pendulum. The famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe argued that a cannonball ought to travel much farther if fired in the same direction the earth is moving (since it would benefit from the added momentum of the earth’s movement). Again a valid argument, and not until Galileo developed an early form of relativity theory was it answered (see chapter 8). Opponents also argued that if the earth moved in a colossal orbit around the sun, then the fixed stars ought to show a slight change of position when seen from opposite sides of the orbit (parallax).

Harvey’s very mode of reasoning was Aristotelian. To describe the heart, he used analogies derived not from machines (the heart as a pump) but from living things. ” 6 Harvey’s writings are rich in analogies from human society as well. 7 Notice that none of Harvey’s analogies are mechanical. Instead they are political (“the sovereign”), domestic (“its inmost home”), economic (a “treasury”), and religious (“a household divinity”). Though the language of this passage strikes us as poetic, Harvey included it in the formal reports of his experiments; to him such concepts were a proper part of science itself.

29 29. Paolo Rossi, “Hermeticism and Rationality,” in Reason, Experiment, and Mysticism in the Scientific Revolution, pp. 257ff. 30 30. , p. 271, emphasis in original. realism the dominant view in science today. It is a view, moreover, that appears to be buttressed by the everyday experience of the bountiful practical benefits of science. When science works so well, it is difficult not to conclude that it bears at least some relation to a world that really exists. As we close this chapter, a question inevitably lingers in the mind.

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