By Andrew Dickson White
First released in 1896, this two-volume background of the clash among theology and technology fast grew to become a landmark textual content. It used to be greatly regarded, besides John William Draper's background of the clash among faith and technological know-how, as a defining examine of the connection among faith and technological know-how. A unique educator, pupil and author, Andrew Dickson White was once the 1st president of Cornell college. White held the view that faith used to be traditionally against development within the box of technology. He argued that any interference at the a part of faith in technology had consistently proved disastrous, while clinical research, regardless of how possible destructive to faith, had continually led to the top sturdy. A historical past of the battle of technological know-how with Theology in Christendom is the end result of thirty years of White's study, ebook and lectures at the topic. quantity discusses drugs, madness, mythology, political economic system and comparative philology.
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For statements as to these decrees of the highest Church and monastic authorities against medicine and surgery, see Sprengel, Baas, Geschichte dcr Jl/edici?? p 204, and elsewhere ; also Buckle, Posthumous IVorks, vol. ii, p. 567. For a lonolist of Church dignitaries who practised a semi-theological medicine in the Middle Ages, see Baas, pp.
So it was that, throughout antiquity, during the early history of the Church, throughout the Middle Ages, and indeed down to a comparatively recent period, testimony to miraculous interpositions which would now be laughed at by a schoolboy was accepted by the leaders of thought. St. Augustine was certainly one of the strongest minds in the early Church, and yet we find him mentioning, with much seriousness, a story that sundry innkeepers of his time put a drug into cheese which metamorphosed travellers into domestic animals, and asserting that the peacock is so favoured by the Almighty that its flesh will not decay, and that he has tested it and knows this to be a fact.
For some very thoughtful remarks as to the worthlessness of the testimony to miracles presented during the canonization proceedings at Rome, see Maury, Ldgendes Pieuses, pp. 4-7. * For the citation in the text, as well as for a brief but remarkably valuable discussion of the power of the mind over the body in disease, see Dr. Berdoe's Medical View of the Miracles at Lourdes, in The Nineteenth Century for October, 1895. 26 FROM MIRACLES TO MEDICINE. find holy and healing wells, pools, and streams in all other ancient religions, so we find in the evolution of our own such examples as Naaman the Syrian cured of leprosy by bathing in the river Jordan, the blind man restored to sight by washing in the pool of Siloam, and the healing of those who touched the bones of Elisha, the shadow of St.