About that War between Science and Religion…
If you were to ask Professor Numbers for the “greatest myth” about the historical relationship between science and religion, he would respond that it’s the idea the the two “have been in a state of constant conflict.”
Timothy Larsen, a Christian historian who specializes in the nineteenth century, agrees: “The so-called ‘war’ between faith and learning, specifically between orthodox Christian theology and science, was manufactured . . . . It is a construct that was created for polemical purposes.”
If these two historians—one an agnostic, one a confessional Christian—both agree this is a manufactured myth, then who is to blame for inventing it?
That distinction falls to American scholars from the nineteenth century: (1) Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918), the founding president of Cornell University, and (2) John William Draper (1811-1882), professor of chemistry at the University of New York.
Draper and White were not simply describing an ongoing war between theology and science, but rather they were endeavoring to induce people into imagining that there was one. In order to do this, they repeatedly made false claims that the church had opposed various scientific breakthroughs and developments.
Here are a couple of urban legends that Draper and White perpetuated:
- The church believed for centuries that the earth is flat.
- The church opposed the use of anesthetics in childbirth since Genesis promised that childbirth would be painful.
On the first myth, Lesley B. Cormack, chair of the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, writes that “there is virtually no historical evidence to support the myth of a medieval flat earth. Christian clerics neither suppressed the truth nor stifled debate on the subject.”
On the second myth, Larsen responds:
No church has ever pronounced against anesthetics in childbirth. Moreover, there was no vocal group of ministers who opposed it. In fact, the inventor of chloroform received fan mail from ministers of the major denominations thanking him for helping to alleviate the suffering of women in labor. Rather, the opposition to anesthetics during childbirth came from medical professionals, not from ministers, and for scientific, not religious, reasons.
And on the legends go.
So why exactly did men like Dickson and Draper—along with English biologist T. H. Huxley, who championed Darwinism and coined the term “agnostic”—manufacture these historical myths and this overall legend of perpetual conflict?
In the mid-nineteenth century there was no separate profession of science. Manufacturing a “war” between science and religion was part of their professionalization campaign. Larsen explains:
The purpose of the war was to discredit clergymen as suitable figures to undertake scientific work in order that the new breed of professionals would have an opportunity to fill in the gap for such work created by eliminating the current men of science. It was thus tendentiously asserted that the religious convictions of clergymen disqualified them from pursuing their scientific inquiries objectively.
More to the point, however, was the fact that clergymen were undertaking this work for the sheer love of science and thus hindering the expectation that it would be done for money by paid full-time scientists. Clergymen were branded amateurs in order to facilitate the creation of a new category of professionals.
Dickson and Draper won this debate, even if it was at the cost of truth itself.
The myth continues today, but it can be overturned as we study the history behind how the legend developed.
And that’s where this supposed war between science and religion came from: a scam to cut off The Wrong Sort, so the Laughing Ones can charge for what was once was free… while carefully discrediting all authorities outside of themselves, just a a good priesthood always does.
Just like the professionals always do.
“But isn’t the actual, religious priesthood among the oldest professions? Aren’t they elitist, as well?”
You bet. Neither Jesus nor the apostles ordained any seminary; the key is knowledge of the scriptures and infilling of the Holy Spirit, not certification by the Established Authorities and the Official Institutions.
The Priesthood of ALL Believers is ignored by the Catholics, and obscured by the Protestant pastors: but it is coming back, and it’s going to gut the dying religious command’n’control institutions of today.
Do not fear: the secularist elites will not escape, either. God crushes His enemies in the Church, first: the trivial enemies outside the Church are dealt with after the hard work is done.
The Holy Spirit will not be defied.
And don’t forget: numerous clergymen of the 19th century vigorously backed both the secular state and Darwinism. Just as many back sodomy and socialism today.
So in truth, having the clergy discredited by the atheistic liars they nurtured is simply Divine Justice.
Not that they bothered repenting, by the way. It is the laymen who are
Something similar can be said regarding all guilds, licensed professions, etc. To an unsurprising degree, it’s just the In Crowd pouring hate on the Outsiders.
Fortunately, all this prideful, elitist demonism is coming to an end.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. — Daniel 2:31-35
That stone is Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom will fill the earth.
The idols, the mighty ones who terrify the masses while funneling wealth and power and authority to themselves alone, are going down.
And there isn’t a thing The Right Sort can do to stop the future from arriving.
When the money and the power of today’s Ruling Classes is gone…. and, with the speed and depth of information technological advancements, that day is approaching rapidly… those who wish to investigate the Creation will once again be primarily (perhaps exclusively) those who love the Creator.
There will be no new Establishment: as North implies, when the current system is shattered, no one is going to pick up the pieces and bring the Old Ways back.
I will add that a local group may pick up a few of the local pieces… and that’s it. Decentralization, fragmentation, balkanization is the future.
Why is this true? Because this is the state of the Church, and the Church shapes the world, whether she wants to or not.
And note well: the truth about the false claims of the “religious flat earth” and the “religious war against science” was NOT disproved by the seminary-trained clergy and the mainland (or even evangelical) denominations, which were perfectly content to be led along the leash by the God-haters.
What has happened since the 1950s is that more and more laymen, from historians to scientists, have been advancing the Kingdom of God against the hollow lies of the those who hate God.
The clergy is nowhere to be seen on the battlefield.
Rest assured: God has clearly seen what we have done before His eyes, and everyone is going to get their fitting reward.
I can personally guarantee it.
The Renewal of Science
But, leaping from the general Good News —
No More Empires! No More Lying Gatekeepers! No More Academic Guilds! —
to the science-specific Good News…
I admit I am extremely eager to have science freed from the money-hungry, grant-thirsty, power-adoring prideful academics of today.
One of the good things that is going to come out of this is that science will be free again, and the greatest leaps of understanding and scientific advancement lie before us, not behind us.
This will be due precisely because millions of those hated talented amateurs, who love God and love Creation and uphold the Dominion Mandate, will push forward the borders of science and knowledge, at a faster and faster rate.
And they will leave the money & power & control-hungry atheistic elites in the dust.
All joy and majesty and power and glory to Jesus Christ, His Deity, His Authority, and His Law-Word!
…in time and on earth, as well as on the Day of Judgement.
And nothing but suffering and hell and powerlessness and disgrace to those who despise Jesus Christ, His Deity, His Authority, and His Law-Word.
…in time and on earth, as well as on the Day of Judgement.
In Jesus’ Name.
Amen, and Amen.