Impact Of Religion On The Scientific Revolution

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Religion’s Impact on the Scientific Revolution Even with the conflicts between the religious communities and the scientific communities, religion did not hinder, but helped to start the scientific revolution and continue its advancement. As permanent universities were established in the thirteenth century, it was the Catholic Church, working with some Islamic traditions and scholars that brought about the education that was provided to the medieval population. (History, 505) The religions were proponents for the advancement of knowledge and technology, but there needed to be room for God, God needed to be the cause of all things and this is what caused most of the conflicts. When some scientists separated God from science or used science …show more content…
Unfortunately, there were some people that had opinions that science was the method that disputed God and/or faith all together. This can be seen in a writing by David Hume in 1748, Hume was a philosopher from Scotland and was writing to disprove miracles. One of his very ideas of the essay was disproving the real presence. Hume says that “were the doctrine of the real presence ever so clearly revealed in scripture, it were directly contrary to the rules of just reasoning to give our assent to it.” (David Hume, “The Essay on Miracles,” Discovering, 95) Hume’s radical ideas on things that could not be proven by reason and the scientific method were in fact false and this set the Church in motion to take a stance. It was people like Hume, the ones that came before him and after him, that concerned the Catholic Church enough that they would listen to a convert to the faith by the name of Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatius was a Priest and wanted to open a new religious order to be able to re-educate the Church in its faith. In September of 1540 Pope Paul III accepted Saint Ignatius’ outline of the new religious order to be known as the Society of Jesus, or more lovingly known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits took the motto, to find God in all things. This was the Church’s response to the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and later on, the Enlightenment. In one instance, the Jesuit influence can be seen in a pamphlet in response to the Lisbon earthquake. This pamphlet was produced in 1756 and was a stern warning to the population at that time. Gabriel Malagrida, a Jesuit and Priest wrote, “It is scandalous to pretend the earthquake was just a natural event, for if that be true, there is no need to repent and to try to avert the wrath of God…It is necessary to devote all strength and

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