It is a stark claim to say that science was born of Christianity, but do not reject this claim without understanding it, as so many have done. This book provides the historical research and the reasoning in outline form, to be read beginning to end, browsed one chapter at a time, or referenced when presenting and defending the argument to others. The claim that science was “stillborn” in other cultures and “born” of Christianity is more than a claim that man saw order in the world.
Jaki’s historical research specifically considers the theological history of science and the effect of ancient religious mindsets on the development of science. This story is about how faith in divine revelation caused a departure from ancient worldviews of an eternally cycling universe and led to the breakthrough that was necessary for the Scientific Revolution to occur. This departure, this breakthrough, this birth, was not based on observation or experiment but on faith in the Christian Creed.
“She has carried out a service to the intellectual peripheries of society.”
“In short there is truly a mine of wisdom in these pages, and Stacy Trasancos has not only faithfully transmitted the teaching of Fr. Stanley Jaki in a form which may be readily digested by today’s public, but she has also carried out a service to the intellectual peripheries of society, which are hungry for the truth of the Gospel, as Pope Francis would put it.”
Rev. Dr. Paul Haffner, President, Stanley Jaki Foundation, Invited Lecturer Pontifical Gregorian University, Associate Professor, Duquesne University Italian Campus (Foreword)
“Trasancos’s monograph is an excellent introduction to the intellectual principles.”
“Stacy Trasancos’s monograph Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki is an excellent introduction to the intellectual principles that Stanley Jaki used to make intelligible his radical claim that Christianity was the chief proximate cause of the seventeenth-century final birth of modern mathematical physics, which Jaki called ‘science.'”
Dr. Peter Redpath, Founder and Rector, Aquinas School of Leadership (International Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 55, No. 1, Issue 217. March 2015. pp. 132-134.)
“You can breathe the Catholic air in what she writes.”
“Still, Dr. Trasancos is a Roman Catholic Christian with a devotion to the Blessed Mother. She seizes on the themes of creation, birth and stillbirth, themes thoroughly rooted in Scripture and Catholic Tradition. You can breathe the Catholic air in what she writes, especially the rarefied air of St. John Paul II. Christianity is life-giving, it is generative. It gives birth. You can tell that Dr. Trasancos is speaking from personal experience as a mother, and from the depth of her heart as she weaves the narrative.”
Dr. Jeffrey McLeod, Professor of Psychology, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Instructor at the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute (Catholic Stand, 2014)
“This is an important thesis that Christians need to know about.”
“Moreover, science can only continue to flourish in the sort of hospitable cultural soil that an intellectual culture influenced by Christianity can provide. This is an important thesis that Christians need to know about, and not just for reasons of historical or theological interest. There is a tendency among some Christians today to be ignorant about science or to be dismissive about its achievements. But as the work of Fr. Jaki shows, this is to be ignorant and dismissive about one of the greatest glories ‘birthed’ by their own faith tradition.”
Dr. C.S. Morrissey, Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute (B.C. Catholic, 2015)