CFI|SF: Early Christian Hostility To Scientific Values

Friday, September 28th 2007 at 6:00 pm
Friday, September 28th 2007 at 8:00 pm
World Affairs Council: 312 Sutter San Francisco

Richard C Carrier, M Phil

Using a whole arsenal of tactics, early (and especially early medieval) Christianity effectively thwarted all thinking that could have any tendency to support and inspire an embrace and pursuit of scientific values. This hostility and effort wasn't aimed at science directly, but at liberality of thought, and most of all, at the notion that evidence available to everyone is the only supreme authority in all debates of substance. And even before the consolidation of the Church most Christians were uniformly hostile to the whole system of scientific values, condemning them as vain, idolatrous, arrogant, and unnecessary, if not outright dangerous. It took a long, gradual process to finally change minds on that score.

In his inherently humorous and educational multi-media presentation Richard Carrier retells the story of how Christians originally rejected scientific values

Richard Carrier is a historian and philosopher, author of Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense Of Metaphysical Naturalism, and contributing author for The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond The Grave. He has discussed and debated his views before audiences across the country, as well as on national television. He has written numerous articles in various print publications and on the Secular Web, where he has been one of the most read authors for many years, averaging ten thousand readers a month. He has just finished writing his dissertation on Roman science at Columbia University. Read more at:

Admission is $10; Free to Friends of the Center

Admission begins at 6:00; presentation begins at 6:30