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Theology in the Scientific World<sup>1</sup>

Thomas F. Torrance

in God and Rationality

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780192139481
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.003.0004
Theology in the Scientific World1

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When a posteriori science came into view during the 16th century and had experienced classical developments during the 17th century, this modern science was referred to as dogmatic science. This is because an inductive discovery method that is directed by inquiry took the place of deducting from abstract principles, and because this science enabled various improvements in the real knowledge of the universe. The notion of acquiring ‘dogmatic’ thought was brought about by the differentiation given by the Greeks between the ‘sceptics’ who asked several academic questions and the ‘dogmatics’ who seek to find positive results to these questions. As such, dogmatic science was utilized in analysing the new physics that encompassed a particular field of reality.

Keywords: a posteriori science; dogmatic science; real knowledge; inductive method; Greeks; sceptics; dogmatics; new physics

Chapter.  8537 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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