“Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teachings of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki” by Stacy Trasancos
UPDATE: This book was picked up by a publisher shortly after the author self-published. You can buy the new version with Foreward by Rev. Dr. Paul Haffner here.
Stacy Trasancos is no stranger to the field of science. A career as a Chemist serves her understanding of the field, while her education in Theology (post conversion mind you) greatly aids in her understanding and research in this book. It was no page turner and took me a little over 3 weeks to read, while reading others as well. Very academic, but pithily brought to an understandable level, “Science Was Born of Christianity” is a fair and detailed look into the history of science among cultures and woldviews.
First, I am giving this book 5 stars for the content and its ability to meet its mission, not as a comparison to other books or as entertainment.
What makes this book worthy of a 5 star rating is the academic quality and completeness of the mission intended for the book. Written to bring to concision the writings of Fr. Jaki, Trasancos deftly weaves the argument that science, in its truest sense, owes gratitude to the Christian worldview. The basic point I got out of the book is that several other cultures pondered, debated, and furthered science, but the Christian worldview brought the world of science to light.
Her prose is not a defensive one. Trasancos discusses the historical facts while not omitting accomplishments of other cultures and worldviews. She is fair, but makes a compelling and fact-filled case for Christianity being the nurturing worldview that brings science into possibilities which benefit mankind. She says, “Scientists today have difficulty defining their own field because of the failure to distinguish exact science from reasoned discourse, and if scientists cannot even define science, then neither can anyone else” and later in the book … “Thus, there is a prevalent mistake in modern culture to overstep the limits of science.”
Her mission, as I read it, was not to knock down atheistic scientists, or scientists with worldviews other than Christian, as not formidable or accomplished, but that historically, it is easily observed that through the Christian worldview, science has progressed.
Her book is concerned with: what exact science is, what historical figures developed and furthered science, how it is progressed through a Christian worldview, and appropriately concludes with, “Modern Science – mature and independent as this child of the human intellect may seem – is desperately in need of its Mother.”