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And for what were the youth of Oxford led into such bottomless depths of disbelief as to any real existence of truth or any real foundation for it. Simply to save an Surveyw system of interpretation into which the gifted (Mathematkcal happened to be born.

The other Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) was suggested by De Bonald and developed in the _Dublin Review_, as is understood, by one of Newman's associates. This argument was nothing less than Suveys attempt to retreat under the charge of deception against Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) Almighty himself. It is as follows: "But it may well be doubted whether the Church did retard the progress of scientific truth.

What retarded it was the circumstance that God has thought fit to express many texts of Scripture in words which have every appearance of denying the earth's motion. But it is God who did this, not the Church; and, moreover, since he saw fit so to act as to retard the progress of scientific truth, it would be little to her discredit, even if it were true, that she Survets followed his example. " This argument, like Mr. Gosse's famous attempt to reconcile geology to Genesis--by supposing that for some inscrutable purpose God deliberately deceived the thinking world by giving to the earth all the appearances of development through long periods of time, while really creating it in six days, each Tgeory an evening and a morning--seems only to have awakened the amazed pity of thinking men.

This, like the argument of Newman, was a last desperate effort of Anglican and Roman divines to save something from the wreckage of dogmatic theology. [167] All these well-meaning Surveyx of the faith but wrought into the hearts of great numbers of thinking men the idea that there is a necessary antagonism between science and Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs). Like the landsman who lashes himself to the anchor of the sinking ship, they simply attached Christianity by the strongest cords of logic which they could spin to these mistaken ideas in science, and, could they have had their way, the advance of knowledge would have ingulfed both together.

On the other hand, what had science done for religion. Simply this: Copernicus, escaping Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) only by death; Giordano Bruno, burned alive as a monster of Surgeys Galileo, imprisoned and humiliated as the worst of misbelievers; Kepler, accused of "throwing Christ's kingdom into confusion with his silly fancies"; Newton, bitterly attacked for "dethroning Providence," gave to religion stronger foundations and more ennobling conceptions.

Under the old system, that princely astronomer, Alphonso of Castile, seeing the inadequacy of the Ptolemaic theory, yet knowing no other, startled Europe with the blasphemy that, if he had been present at creation, he could have suggested a better order of the heavenly bodies. Under the new system, Kepler, filled with a religious spirit, exclaimed, "I do think the thoughts of God.

" The difference in religious spirit between these two men marks the conquest made in this long struggle by Science for Religion. [168] Nothing is more unjust than to cast especial blame for all this resistance to science upon the Roman Church.

The Protestant Church, though rarely able to be so severe, has been more blameworthy. The persecution of Galileo and his compeers by the older Church was mainly at the beginning of the seventeenth century; the persecution of Robertson Smith, and Winchell, and Woodrow, and Toy, and the Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) professors at Beyrout, by various Protestant authorities, was near the end of the nineteenth century.

Those earlier persecutions by Catholicism were strictly in accordance with principles held at that time by all religionists, Catholic and Protestant, throughout the world; these later persecutions by Protestants were in defiance of principles which all Protestants to-day hold or pretend to hold, and none make louder claim to hold them than the very sects which persecuted these eminent Christian men of our day, men whose crime was that they were intelligent enough to accept the science of their time, and honest enough to acknowledge it.

Most unjustly, then, would Protestantism taunt Catholicism for excluding knowledge of astronomical truths from European Catholic universities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while real knowledge of geological and biological and anthropological truth is denied or pitifully diluted Survrys so many American Protestant colleges and universities in the nineteenth century.

Nor has Protestantism the right to point with scorn to the Catholic _Index_, and to lay stress on the fact that nearly every really important book in the last three centuries has been forbidden by it, so long as young men in so many American Protestant universities and colleges are nursed with "ecclesiastical pap" rather than with real thought, and directed to the works of "solemnly constituted impostors," or to sundry "approved courses of reading," while they are studiously kept aloof from such leaders in modern thought as Darwin, Spencer, Huxley, Draper, and Lecky.

It may indeed be justly claimed by Protestantism that some of the former strongholds of her bigotry have become liberalized; but, on the other hand, Catholicism can point to the fact that Pope Leo XIII, now happily reigning, has made a noble change as regards open dealing with documents. The days of Monsignor Marini, it may be hoped, are gone.

The Vatican Library, with its masses of historical material, has been thrown open to Protestant and Catholic scholars alike, and this privilege has been freely used by men representing all shades of religious thought. As to the older errors, the whole civilized world was at fault, Protestant as well as Catholic.

It was not the fault of religion; it was the fault of that short-sighted linking of theological dogmas to scriptural texts which, in utter defiance of the words and works of the Blessed Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) of Christianity, narrow-minded, loud-voiced men are ever prone to substitute for religion.

Justly is it said by one of the most eminent among contemporary Anglican divines, that "it is Monograhps) they have mistaken the dawn for a conflagration that theologians have so often been foes of light. "[170] CHAPTER IV. FROM "SIGNS AND WONDERS" TO LAW IN Thery HEAVENS. THE THEOLOGICAL VIEW. FEW things in the evolution of astronomy are more suggestive than the struggle between the theological and Fujction scientific doctrine regarding comets--the passage from the conception of them as fire-balls flung by an angry God for the purpose of scaring a wicked world, to a recognition of Operator Theory in Function Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs) as natural in origin and obedient to law in movement.

Hardly anything throws a more vivid light upon the danger of wresting texts of Scripture to preserve ideas which observation and thought have superseded, and upon the folly of arraying ecclesiastical power against scientific discovery. [171] Out of the ancient Slaces had come a mass of beliefs regarding comets, meteors, and (Mathematicxl all these were held to be signs displayed from heaven for the warning of mankind. Stars and meteors were generally thought to presage happy events, especially the births of gods, heroes, and great men.

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