Two Historical Myths – Two Historical Revisions: Part 2

The second installment of this article on historical myths that I posted yesterday. Interesting reading – love reading about the compatability of science and Christianity!

Bible on Tap

498px-Christopher_Columbus Andrew Dickson (1832-1918) is responsible for one of the most influential books every written on “the conflict between science and theology”. His summary that has been copied in almost all common textbooks is as follows;

“The warfare of Columbus [with religion] the world knows well: how the Bishop of Ceuta worsted him in Portugal; how sundry wise men of Spain confronted him with the usual quotation from Psalms, from St. Paul, and from St. Augustine; how, even after he was triumphant, and after his voyage had greatly strengthened the theory of the earth’s sphericity… the church by its highest authority solemnly stumbled and persisted in going astray… the theological barriers to this geographical truth yielded but slowly.”

I remember hearing this from a young age. Even as most of my curriculum was christian because of my home schooling. The problem is that most accounts such as these are almost completely…

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