- There is a distinction between a primary cause (God did it) and a natural secondary cause (the machinery of the world has enough vitality and flexibility for things to happen naturally, as a consequence of laws of nature)
- Nature is intelligible because it has a rational and loving creator
- Natural philosophy is the study of the ordinary course of nature
- Nature can be understood through the language of mathematics
- God freely created the universe so we must observe his work to understand it.
Monday, January 21, 2013
What the middle ages did for science
Here's a list of gifts that came down from the Middle Ages (or from 'the age of faith' in the language of those who like to contrast it with a 'age of reason' than followed it) - gifts on whose necessary foundations science is built: All these intellectual achievements were worked out in the so-called pre-Enlightenment times: