By Andrew Dickson White
First released in 1896, this two-volume background of the clash among theology and technology quick grew to become a landmark textual content. It used to be largely acknowledged, besides John William Draper's heritage of the clash among faith and technology, as a defining examine of the connection among faith and technology. A unusual educator, student and author, Andrew Dickson White was once the 1st president of Cornell collage. White held the view that faith was once traditionally against development within the box of technological know-how. He argued that any interference at the a part of faith in technology had consistently proved disastrous, while medical research, irrespective of how doubtless destructive to faith, had consistently led to the top solid. A heritage of the battle of technology with Theology in Christendom is the end result of thirty years of White's learn, ebook and lectures at the topic. quantity discusses medication, madness, mythology, political financial system and comparative philology.
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This view even found its way into the canon law, which declared the precepts of medicine contrary to Divine knowledge. * Out of these and similar considerations was developed the vast system of " pastoral medicine/' so powerful not only through the Middle Ages, but even in modern times, both among Catholics and Protestants. As to its results, we must bear in mind that, while there is no need to attribute the mass of stories regarding miraculous cures to conscious fraud, there was without doubt, at a later period, no small admixture of belief biased by self-interest, with much pious invention and suppression of facts.
In the second century of the Christian era Galen had made himself a great authority at Rome, and from Rome had swayed the medical science of the world : his genius triumphed over the defects of his method ; but, though he gave a powerful impulse to medicine, his dogmatism stood in its way long afterward. The places where medicine, such as it thus became, could be applied, were at first mainly the infirmaries of various monasteries, especially the larger ones of the Benedictine order: these were frequently developed into hospitals.
With this we may compare the testimony of the pious author of Sir John Mandeville's Travels, that iron floats upon the Dead Sea while feathers sink in it, and that he would not have believed this had - he not seen it. So, too, testimony to the " sweet odour ''diffused by the exhumed remains of the saint seems to indicate feeling rather than fact—the highly wrought feeling of disciples standing by—the same feeling which led those who visited St. Simon Stylites on his heap of ordure, and other hermits unwashed and living in filth, to dwell upon the delicious " odour of sanctity " pervading the air.