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Oh, Your God! The Psychological Origins of the Resurrection Myth , Nothing: Something to Believe In , Please explain how this is exactly trivial. Any success is something that apparently needs your secular antidote or something. My point is about our modern university system. The modern university is built on evidence, not faith or dogma. I must be underestimating the difficulty of the idea of a school. I did. Read the article. Is that a far more counterintuitive idea than I appreciate? The university as an autonomous self-governing institution first was developed as religious institutions madrasahs that originated in the medieval Islamic world.
But, Europe did not fall far behind these Islamic developments, as Italy founded its first university approximately two centuries after the first university developed in Morocco. University of Al-Karaouine: Located in Fes, Morocco, this university originally was a mosque founded in by Fatima al-Fihri, a woman. It developed into one of the leading universities for natural sciences. This university is considered the oldest continuously-operating degree-granting university in the world by the Guiness Book of World Records. The school was founded in , and students attended classes in the home of the headmaster until the building was finished.
Girls were educated at home and were not permitted to attend the school, the foundation notes. The building was demolished in , but the school has continued in other locations. Boston Latin has graduated notable Americans in the fields of politics both local and national , religion, science, journalism, philosophy, and music.
It makes him peevish. Perhaps it would do you a favor to re-read your own blog, where you figure out that Harvard was started out as a Christian missionary-training school. I know.
No, I said that the conflict thesis idea that there has been some sort of historical conflict between science and religion is rejected by every historian of science in every university in the world. Of course, besides that point, religion is in fact a valid way to understand reality. Was Jesus as big an asshole as you? So you agree with me? Good, that was one long debacle. What say you we start talking about your article on hospitals and Christianity? A forcefully stated rebuttal is fine, but snark and insults right from the beginning have me doing the same.
Maybe you should read some of the comments. Nobody is denying that Harvard started as a Christian school. Is it a Christian school now? This is a yes or no question and your final grade will depend on you guessing right. Does the name Galileo mean anything to you? Are you aware that he was brought before the Inquisition and made to renounce heliocentrism?
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Did you know that Copernicus held off publishing his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres until just before his death because he was afraid of being brought before the Inquisition. Nor was the Catholic Church the only critic of Copernicus. Darwin was denounced for replacing Genesis with evolution.
In modern times we have people like Ken Ham and the Discovery Institute demanding that science education be replaced by teaching religious mythology. These conflicts between religion and science are just off the top of my head.
Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists?
The answer is no. The question seems like a red herring to my point anyway, which again, it looks as if you entirely did not follow. My point is that the advancement of the university into the modern world was entirely spearheaded by Christianity. This is all true. Do you happen to know how significant that is? There was never a conflict between science and religion. Let a professor take the stage for just a second, before I address Galileo.
The evidence was quite stacked against it, in fact. Yet Galileo used this fringe theory at the time to reinterpret the Bible and attack major church figures, and so he was put under house arrest which, ironically, is where he wrote his most significant scientific works. The church figures explicitly stated that if heliocentrism was supported by evidence, they would entirely side with Galileo in fact, a significant number of them already did.
Pure fiction, never happened. This is just atheist bad history. You also get your claims on Darwin basically wrong. Until then, make sure to study that Lawrence Principe quote I posted very nicely. Principe is wrong.
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Galileo was brought before the Inquisition on a charge of heresy for promoting heliocentrism. The evidence was not as strong as it is today but heliocentrism explained the orbits of the planets much better than geocentricism. Galileo died in , years later. Maybe you should take a history of science class before you try to bullshit us further.
But your arrogance knows no limits. And I already explained everything we need to know about the Galileo trial in my previous comment. Complete garbage. Firstly, Principe never said that, I did. Re-read the comment. Says the guy who thinks he knows more on this than academia. The conflict thesis the idea that there has been some sort of historical conflict between science and religion was made up by early 19th century secularists.
The chapter perhaps most relevant to you would be the one about Galileo himself coauthored by Richard Blackwell and Michael Shank. The entire chapter is actually available online, just scroll down to pg. It begins:. Same people, same job, different name. To nuance this a bit more, the idea of the inquisition was constituted in the 13th century, and it really was just a process of judicially investigating any public crime — i.
The real problem appeared when the courts started applying the rules of the Inquisition to charges of heresy. The primary decretal governing inquisition comes from the Fourth Lateran Council of , which also established the regulations of sacramental confession and the seal of secrecy.
Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists?
Inquisition was intended for the prosecution of public crimes, but when it was adapted to pursuing heresy, the rights of suspects were regularly disregarded, and, rather than being charged with public crimes, they were forced to incriminate themselves, even on secret deeds and previously unuttered beliefs.
When first summoned in , Galileo was not questioned, but merely warned not to espouse heliocentrism. In , Holy Office investigations resulted in a summons, and when he appeared in April , he was interrogated without being charged. His formal trial took place on May 10, and his guilty plea of favoring heliocentrism without heretical intention triggered an automatic examination of his private beliefs under torture in his case, threat of torture , a new procedure adopted by the Holy Office around the turn of the seventeenth century.
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Do you see me denying that? My point was that many of these universities did not come into being sui generis , they came from monastery schools and that quite a number of monastery schools were established because of Charlemagne. And yet it takes little to check, for example this site.
Apparently, your sources say that the monasteries i. Christian education institutions were reformed into the first universities which were still Christian at this point. You seem to claiming a causal warrant for Christianity creating universities. Now there is no dispute that the universities were created in a Christian milieu a milieu where it was almost impossible to be anything but Christian , but as I pointed out the universities grew out of monastery schools which were founded as a result of an edict by Charlemagne.
Was Christianity the reason that the monastery schools were started, or did Charlemagne start them because he thought that education should be developed and the monasteries had suitable buildings? Al Quaraouiyine and Al-Azhar universities. Among other things the Arabic and Persian world was responsible for preserving and extending the work from Greek institutions such as the Academy and Lyceum.
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In other words, the founding of educational institutions is a lot more complex than your simplistic claim. You might want to have a look and see what the syllabuses were in these early universities, did everyone get a dose of theology or was this reserved for advanced study? And Charlemagne did it for religious purposes. Do you know how much of a zealot Charlemagne was?