From Chris Matthews today on his program Hardball on MSNBC:
Science, thanks to Judaism and Christianity both embraced science, Churchill figured that out. It's why our cultures have done so well and the others haven't because, well, not so much all the others but we've done well because our religions have embraced science, truth that set us free.
GOI: I like Chris sometimes but now and then he says something that totally makes my jaw drop and choke on my own spittle such as this comment. I would agree with him that our culture has done so well because we have embraced science but much of Christianity (Judaism less so) has not exactly embraced science, in fact the opposite has more often been the case. Christianity, Judaism and many other religions have long fought science and still do to this day. How can Chris ignore the Evolution vs. Creationism debate and the stem cell research debate to name a few? Ironically, however, early Islam was quite tolerant and even somewhat supportive of science but not so much in the modern age.
Yes, there are examples of science growing within a religious world but for the most part, science and religion have been at odds.
I would ask Chris, "How many innovations in science have occurred without Christianity fighting it every step of the way?"
GOI: Feel free to send Chris an email, I will. Here is the address for his show: firstname.lastname@example.org
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