Here is another early favorite!
In De praescriptione, vii Tertullian asks, ” What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church?”
As it turns out, quite a lot. Michael J. Buckley in his must-read Denying and Disclosing God: The Ambiguous Progress of Modern Atheism lays out how a too close association between religion and early modern science eventually led to the propagation of atheism.
Yes, you read that right, the relationship was not not marked by antagonism (yet another Enlightenment myth exposed). Poor and mad Giordano Bruno was an exception that proves the rule. The close marriage between science and religion in representative figures such as Galileo, Kepler, and Newton caused trouble for religion, because the arguments of the scientists-believers were impersonal and decontextualized faith in God. Buckley (SJ) believes the natural turf for theological lies elsewhere:
“More astonishing in their absence–within Christian Europe–were the two trinitarian modes of…
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