A Comprehensible Universe: The Interplay of Science and by George V. Coyne

By George V. Coyne

Why is our global understandable? this question turns out so trivial that few humans have dared to invite it. during this booklet we discover the deep roots of the secret of rationality. The inquiry into the rationality of the realm all started over two-and-a-half-thousand years in the past, while a number of brave humans attempted to appreciate the realm with the aid of cause by myself, rejecting the comforting cloth of delusion and legend.

After many philosophical and theological adventures the Greek inspiration of rationality laid the rules of a innovative frame of mind: the clinical process, which remodeled the world.

But the most recent culmination of the world's rationality - relativity idea, quantum mechanics, the unification of physics, quantum gravity - the query arises: what are the bounds of the clinical procedure? The significant guiding principle of rationality is so you might by no means cease asking questions until eventually every thing has been spoke back ...

"The understandable Universe is a considerate publication via authors who've expert services in physics and astronomy and likewise in theology. they're enormously good educated in regards to the background of the relation among technology and theology, and so they hold all through their dialogue a admire for empirical facts and a commitment to rationality. even supposing i don't accept as true with all in their conclusions on issues of serious complexity i'm inspired by means of the equity in their argumentation."

Abner Shimony, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

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There is no doubt that experiment and observation constituted a starting point for him, but it had to be experiment and observation of a very special kind. Only those properties of bodies that could be expressed in numbers attracted his attention. For instance, two equal weights, suspended on the arms of a balance, remain in equilibrium only if they are at equal distances from the support point. Note that this is not a direct report of what is experienced. There is no reference to any particular weights or to any particular balance.

He was the first thinker to aim to create a synthesis of Christian beliefs with Greek philosophy. He contemplated the world as a harmonious totality and tried to place Christian Revelation within the world image inherited mainly from Plato. Platonic philosophy fascinated the Church Fathers because it seemed especially “receptive” to Christian ideas. Platonic philosophy, mainly in its Neoplatonic version, also played a key role in liberating Augustine of Hippo from the Manichean sect. His personal experience left a deep mark on his own later 43 Chapter 7 teaching.

39 Chapter 7 • Theology and Science in the Epoch of the Church Fathers 1. Greek Rationality and Christian Theology T he European concept of reason was based on the Greek notion of rationality, but we inherited this notion only after it had undergone substantial transformation by the great adventure of the encounter of Greek philosophy with Christian theology. It was not just an encounter of two strangers. As we have seen in the preceding chapter, Greek philosophy entered into the very foundations of Christian theology and shaped it, as it were, from inside.

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