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Chapter-10 Astronomy in the Light of Science and Religion: Consideration of Controversy in Christianity

BOOK TITLE: Science and Religion-Synergy not Skepticism

Author
1. Kren Tatjana
2. Hanžek Branko
ISBN
9789352702756
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18046_11
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
46
Author Affiliations
1. Popov Tower, Zagreb, Croatia
2. Zagreb, Croatia
Chapter keywords
Astronomy, science, religion, Ptolemaic geocentric system, Aristotle’s natural philosophy, universe organization, universe creation, relativistic cosmology

Abstract

This chapter describes the astronomy in the light of science and religion. An important concept in contemporary astronomy is that the universe is endless. The ability to view the firmament with its objects and their movements lured human beings into the study of astronomy. Astronomy directs a man to reflect on the latest and greatest problems of nature and a man in it. Humanity has slowly revealed the laws that govern changes of day and night, the moon’s cycle, the daily and annual (apparent) walk of the Sun and the planets along the sky, and other celestial phenomena. This chapter covers the review of the achievements of ancient Greek scholars, review of the first centuries of Christianity, acceptance of Aristotle’s natural philosophy, millennial doubts about earth’s moving, controversy over creation and organization of the universe, and cooperation and controversy of the calendar of Christian era.

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