Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Was monotheism necessary for the development of science and, if so, did it have to be Semitic monotheism? In "Delenda Est," Manse Everard says:
"'As Whitehead pointed out, the medieval idea of one almighty God was important to the growth of science, by inculcating the notion of lawfulness in nature.'"
-Poul Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), p. 196.
However, in Is There Life On Other Worlds?, Poul Anderson argues that science is the joining of logic and theory with data and technique. This possibly happened because Germanic barbarians, not regarding themselves as above work or trade, were confronted with the problems and labor shortage of the falling Empire. Sharp logical reasoning was provided by Christian theologians but this was because their ideology required unanimity, not necessarily because it was monotheist.