Christological Influences on Science

Joseph L. Spradley


Joseph L. Spradley notes the relation between Christology and the growth of science has had a long history with many positive results. In the early centuries of the Christian Church, the divinity of Christ was clarified through the Logos doctrine, which challenged the perfection and divinity of the heavens. The full implications of the humanity of Christ took longer to work out. The Western monastic tradition established the dignity of manual labor. Emphasis on the incarnation contributed to a new appreciation of the reality and importance of matter and a positive enjoyment of the natural world. These affirmative attitudes and values led to some of the first ideas on the importance of experimental science. Mr. Spradley is Professor of Physics at Wheaton College.


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