Sunday, January 01, 2017

Is the Christian role in the founding of modern science relevant?

Lawrence Krauss says no. In response to Lennox he said: 

Let me even agree with you for the moment and say, “Okay, science owes its origin to Christianity.” Thanks very much. We don’t need you anymore. You did a great job. You got us here. Now get out of the way.”Let me even agree with you for the moment and say, “Okay, science owes its origin to Christianity.” Thanks very much. We don’t need you anymore. You did a great job. You got us here. Now get out of the way.”

3 comments:

B. Prokop said...

In what sense does Krauss think Christianity is "in the way?"

Christianity's role in the foundation of modern science is still very much relevant if for no other reason than such attitudes as that exist. Krauss sounds like a petulant teenager who says to his parents, "Thank you very much for raising me. Now leave me alone, and while you're at it, give me the keys to the car!"

SteveK said...

"You did a great job"

The intent was to learn about God who created all this discoverable order. As much as you want it to, your compliment can't be separated from that intent, so thanks Krauss.

Joe Hinman said...

Gould got it right and Dawkings got it wrong. There are overlapping magisteria. Science and religions are about different things. Science does not answer the questions religion sets to to answer. It is still important to note that religion as a motivation for doing science is what built modern science. That means answering religious questions with religious ideas is not going to kill modern science now.

Krauss is a scientistoic ideologue, He wants to eliminate every form of knowledge that is not ideologically scientistic, he confuses science with scientism.