Sunday, January 15, 2006

Victory of Reason: yet another thread in the "War that Wasn't"

Zenit carries an article about Rodney Stark's new book: "The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success"

I came across the same idea that Thomas E Woods' wrote in How Catholic Church Built Western Civilization in Stark's defense of his thesis:

Christianity sees God as a rational being and the universe as created by him. Thus, a rational structure awaits human comprehension. And rising to the challenge have been theologians in the Catholic Church, who over the centuries engaged in careful reasoning that led to the development of Christian doctrine. Leading thinkers such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, Stark explains, celebrated the use of reason as a means to gain insight into divine intentions.

Perhaps the idea that Christian theology fosters the "transmission of faith in progress into technical and organization innovations" isn't as unique amongst historians of science and Church... it's just ol' uninformed me :)

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