RELG 270 - Scientific Perspectives

RELG 270 - Scientific Perspectives - RELG 270 Scientific...

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RELG 270 Scientific Perspectives – Nature Disenchanted Scientism: Salvation comes from the science world. Is the new binding religion of the age. Who is to blame? Mastery of humankind over the natural world and the desacralization of nature -biblical religion? -Christianity? First systematic description of the world (according to modern characteristics) Francis Bacon (the father of the scientific method), Rene Descartes (I think therefore I am), Isaac Newton (before he was a mathematician he was a theologist). Consistent with or sharp departure from Biblical and Christian thought? Prior to the Renaissance “The superiority of human beings over all other creatures tended to be tampered with an emphasis upon the creatureliness of human beings and their utter dependence upon God.” (Kinsley 126) Human has dependence on God. In the Renaissance “Since therefore man sees the order of the heavens, whence and where they move and by what measures and what they bring about, who will deny that he is endowed with a genius, as I would put it, that is almost the same as that of the Author of the heavens, and that man would be able to make the heavens in some way if he only possessed the instruments and the celestial material” (Ficino) Superiority of humans over the natural world and independence with God. Since God did it, we can do it as well, we have all the material to do so. “Image of God” and the Godlikeness of humankind (especially re:wisdom, innovation, creativity, and mastery) Humans can try to appropriate all the values that God has, but cant be God. Humans have become deified instead of being in God’s image. “when i look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what at are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2011 for the course RELG 270 taught by Professor Coreylabreque during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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