Sci 4 - Class 4 Thursday 12:38 PM Alchemy Christianity...

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Class 4 Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:38 PM Alchemy Christianity first supported pagan learning and not the enemy of science Patristic fathers/church Plato and Augustine would regard with suspicion low magic. Burying curse into ground to make something happen Low magic, pagan philosophy, religion Proto science Early christianity Right now, they're working together to create a boundary Magic has no representation World view in early middle church is similar to now Early chruch is compatible with pagan philosophy Astrology, alchemy magic now, but compatible then as actual science 1 reason, they're compatible, Reconciled both faith and reason
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So aristotle is system of natural knowledge accepted by church as biblically endorsed view o fnatural world Astrology and alchemy within that sphere Origins of Alchemy Old tradition 1-2 C Egypt, also by Greeks some Chyma (to fuse or smelt together) plus Al from Arab Metalurgical tradition Practical craft tradition Book of secrrets popular through middle ages Not everyone is impacted by aristotilian texts and not everyone was literate World of corruption, human beings are confronted with death, degeneration and decay God is perfect, so we're in the lowest sphere of reality since perfect doesn' change and we do
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