Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Snap: James Hannam's "The Genesis of Science"

Readers of my material may recognize James Hannam, the author of this book, from his website Bede’s Library and as the author of a an introduction to my own book on the so-called “Christ myth” (claim that Jesus did not exist). The Genesis of Science is not exactly an apologetics book – it’s more like a narrative history with a mild apologetics emphasis, in this case, addressing some of the myths having to do with Christianity and the Middle Ages. It’s all that good stuff we’ve become familiar with as issues: They all though the earth was flat; the Inquisition stopped science in its tracks; Galileo was badly brutalized and if it were not for that we’d all be flying to the Andromeda Galaxy by now. There’s also plenty of material here on far more obscure aspects of the Middle Ages, with biographical glimpses into persons ranging from theological celebrities like Aquinas to persons you could stump someone with at Trivial Pursuit, like Gerard of Cremona.

Hannam’s style is engaging; there’s no failure here to bring his subject to life, so this is an excellent overview and introduction to the subject matter. Highly recommended.

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