Before Science and Religion: Learning from Medieval Physics

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Scientists today are surprised when confronted by the sophistication
of natural philosophy of the thirteenth century. Although clearly of a former age and holding very different perceptions of material structure, its mathematical and imaginative exploration of nature is striking. It also finds a natural theological and contemplative framing; because of this it can work as a resource for contemporary projects constructing a ‘theology of science’ and constructing different approaches to the relation of science and religion. Taking the work of the English polymath Robert Grosseteste from the 1220s as an example, I exemplify these claims in more detail through three aspects of medieval physics: 1) a teleological narrative for science; 2) a fresh apprehension of scientific imagination; and 3) a christological and incarnational metaphysics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-135
Number of pages11
JournalModern Believing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2021

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