Over at The Stream Dr. Sean McDowell has continued the discussion about the warfare between science and religion (which is a myth as I have discussed here). He starts by stating, “the belief that Christianity is opposed to modern science is one of the top reasons young people cite for leaving the church.” Tracing the myth back to Andrew Dickson White’s book A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom McDowell reveals that White invented this myth by quoting sociologist Rodney Stark’s book For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery:
White’s book remains influential despite the fact that modern historians of science dismiss it as nothing but a polemic — White himself admitted that he wrote the book to get even with Christian critics of his plans for Cornell. … many of White’s other accounts are as bogus as his report of the flat earth and Columbus.
Sean continues the article by revealing where the conflict really lies. Definitely worth the read. In Sean and Josh McDowell’s updated book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, they responds to this challenge at length.
Below is a video and links to the other myths that I have busted at this site:
The Myth of the Dark Ages (one of my most visited blog articles)