Religion Inspires Scientific Progress

what_we_can_oYet more evidence that religion promoted and inspired scientific progress can be found in the lives of the actual scientists who helped establish modern science.

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Economic historian Lynn White Jr. reports that, “Every major scientist from about 1250 to about 1650, four hundred years during which our present scientific movement was taking form, considered himself also a theologian: Liebnitz and Newton are notable examples.

The importance to science of the religious devotion which these men gave their work cannot be exaggerated” (Lynn White Jr., Machina Ex Deo: Essays in the Dynamism of Western Culture, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1968, p. 101).