Mediaeval Quotes (3 quotes)
'Its this accursed Science,' I cried. 'Its the very Devil. The mediaeval priests and persecutors were right, and the Moderns are all wrong. You tamper with itand it offers you gifts. And directly you take them it knocks you to pieces in some unexpected way.'
In the index to the six hundred odd pages of Arnold Toynbees A Study of History, abridged version, the names of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Newton do not occur yet their cosmic quest destroyed the mediaeval vision of an immutable social order in a walled-in universe and transformed the European landscape, society, culture, habits and general outlook, as thoroughly as if a new species had arisen on this planet.
Two erroneous impressions seem to be current among certain groups of uninformed persons. The first is that religion today stands for mediaeval theology; the second that science is materialistic and irreligious.