and the Early Church"
much can we know about the natural world with assurance?
can natural science tell us and not tell us about the universe?
the findings of natural science be considered in formulating one's
biblical interpretation or one's theology?
do you think the Draper-White hypothesis is still believed by so many
people? (cf. Q#1 below)
attitudes toward the natural world and the findings of natural
philosophers did your author manifest?
your author rely in any way on the claims of the science of the day to
make a point or buttress a view?
was the Draper-White hypothesis, and why is it increasingly called
are some shifts in thinking that the modern reader needs to have to
understand "science" in the Ancient Greco-Roman world?
range of attitudes did Patristic Christians have toward Greco-Roman
culture in general?
Augustine's view of reason, and therefore, science?
do Augustine's, Leo I's, and the church fathers' views in general
represent a middle position in regards to the natural world?
degree of involvement with "natural science" (for lack of a
better term) does Basil of Caesarea evince?
degree of involvement does Augustine evince?
degree of involvement does John Philoponus evince?
do the authors conclude in regard to a "Christian position"
on the science of the day? Do you agree? Why or why not?
have made much ado to explain nature, and not one of their systems has
remained firm and unshaken, each being overturned by its successor. It
is vain to refute them; they are sufficient in themselves to destroy one
another. Those who were too ignorant to rise to a knowledge of a God,
could not allow that an intelligent cause presided at the birth of the
Universe; a primary error that involved them in sad consequences. Some
had recourse to material principles and attributed the origin of the
Universe to the elements of the world. Others imagined that atoms, and
indivisible bodies, molecules and ducts, form, by their union, the
nature of the visible world. Atoms reuniting or separating, produce
births and deaths and the most durable bodies only owe their consistency
to the strength of their mutual adhesion: a true spider's web woven by
these writers who give to heaven, to earth, and to sea so weak an origin
and so little consistency! It is because they knew not how to say
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Deceived by their inherent atheism it appeared to them that nothing
governed or ruled the universe, and that was all was given up to chance.
To guard us against this error the writer on the creation, from the very
first words, enlightens our understanding with the name of God; "In
the beginning God created." What a glorious order!
, Homily 1, The Hexaemeron