Andrew D. White
Of the 70 references provided
on the humanist's web page, 31 are for Andrew D. White's book "A History
of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" (in two volumes).
With nearly half of the humanist's referenced assertions having their support
in this book, I thought it worthwhile to examine the book.
Dickson White,... along with his contemporary John William Draper, did much to
set the modern tone of the historical conflict between religion and science.
- Jole Shackelford, "Myth 7: That Giordano Bruno Was The First Martyr of
Modern Science." - in the book Galileo Goes To Jail, page 60
a book to be referenced so much, it must be truly an astounding work. I had to
read this book. I was able to immediately get a Kindle copy and started reading.
It is an astounding book... astounding in that a book so filled with fiction could
be considered such a reliable source that 31 out of 70 humanist references are
to this book! Truly astounding!
The premise of the book is that religion,
and Christianity in Europe in particular, held back the advance of science. It
was only when religion was pushed aside, that science was able to make significant
I was wrong in my evaluation. I should look to find out what others thought.
I generally don't go to Wikkipedia as a source, they tend to be highly biased,
and very pro-humanism and anti-Bible. But, it came up at the top of the Google
search results, so I went there. This is what Wikkipedia had to say about White's
is] mounting evidence that White read the past through battle-scarred glasses,
and that he and his imitators have distorted history to serve ideological ends
of their own. Although it is not difficult to find instances of conflict and controversy
in the annals of Christianity and science, recent scholarship has shown that the
warfare metaphor to be neither useful or tenable in describing the relationship
between science and religion.
of science and the son of a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, Ronald Numbers has
stated, in a collection dealing with inaccuracies made by White and others, "Historians
of science have known for years that White's and Draper's accounts are more propaganda
than history." [ Ronald Numbers, ed. (2009). Galileo Goes To Jail and
Other Myths About Science and Religion. p. 6]
page has this to say:
He has included falsehoods
that he would have noticed if he had taken a properly objective attitude towards
all his evidence. The points given above together with Numbers and Lindbergs
criticisms noted in their article are sufficient, however, to prove Whites
work as utterly worthless as history. - Wikipedia, quoted from: James Hannam,
The Mythical Conflict
between Science and Religion, 2003.
Wikipedia summarizes by saying:
"You'd do better to rely on modern historians
like Heilbron rather than polemicists like White with an anti-Christian axe to
Warfare Between Science and Christianity
- The Myth
major premise of White's book is that there is war going on between science and
Christianity. As I researched this further, I found this to be a false premise
that had it origins in the 19th century in this book by White, and an earlier
book by John William Draper titled "History of the Conflict between Religion
and Science." This hypothesis became know as the Draper-White Conflict
Thesis... and it was all based on fictional history.
The diagram to the
right is one the keeps popping up in my research. It shows a gradual increase
in scientific knowledge, and then a "black hole" during the Middle Ages
that was supposedly caused by Christianity. The idea is that, anti-science/anti-reality
Christian beliefs were forced on Europe, resulting in suppression of science and
However, that is not what actually happened and this diagram is a
total fictional fabrication.
Is this what happened?
No. That is a myth that has been created in an effort
to suppress Christianity and discredit the Bible. Let's go to a secular history
web site called the "Odd Historian." They have an interesting article
myths commonly believed about the Middle ages. Here are a few quotes from
Myth #1 - Among circulated myths, one highly
accepted is that of Church suppressing rational analysis and progress of science
is a medieval fallacy. As per historical records, no scientist/ scholar was incarcerated,
burned and tortured by Church for furthering scientifically justified claims.
The isolated case of Giordano Bruno is shocking to some extent.
#2 - Lack of Scientific Advancement: Contrary to myths, the medieval Europe
was an incubator for modern scientific and philosophical research. Roger Bacon
was the first individual to propose cyclic experimentation, comprising of observation,
hypothesis and experimentation. He applied this method to research nature of light
and optics, the functionality of eye and nature of lenses. It eventually led to
the creation of eyewear. He proposed a design for the telescope (never built one).
Inspired by an Arabic scholar Al-Battani, Robert Grosseteste posited that experimentation
should verify particulars.
Myth #6 - As the predominant rhetoric
goes, Dark Ages inhibited scientific progress, scientists were termed as heretics,
deeming them immoral and naysayers against the Bible. The mass majority even perceived
the earth to be flat.
The truth: The church was largely responsible
for rescuing science as opposed to inhibiting it.
are just three of the seven myths about Christianity suppressing science and knowledge
during the Middle Ages. I recommend reading the full article. It's not that long
and it will give you an overview of the seven
myths commonly believed about the Middle ages.
Another good article
about the myth of war
between science and Christianity can be read here.
D. White and John William Draper both wrote fraudulent books containing myths
and fictions they created in order to suppress the Bible and Christianity. Neither
author is a trusted authority, and anyone referencing them or using them as source
material should be immediately suspect. If these authors are referenced, you are
probably being misled and deceived... so be wary... be smart... don't accept the
lie that Christianity suppressed science.
This page is a part of our responses
to humanists accusations against the Bible. We've taken a web page from the American
Humanist web site and are point-by-point answering all of their accusations against
Go to: Responses to Humanists accusations
against the Bible (table of contents)
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