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Choosing Science as a Career: Must It Jeopardize One's Christian Faith?

Section 1: Introduction

The search for Truth using human reason and scientific methods had its real beginnings in the 16th century. Sooner or later, this kind of search, one that encouraged raising doubts about established beliefs, was bound to come into conflict with a Faith based entirely upon theological dogma and revelation. It took some time before they could be seen as complementary, but that is the premise behind this presentation: science and religious faith are complementary. Although early Greek philosopher-scientists like Aristarchus taught that the earth was spherical, common belief and Christian dogma in medieval times held that the earth was the center of the universe and the sun and stars revolved around it. There could be no doubt that mankind was the focus of God's attention. If one could poke his head through the vault of the sky, God's machinery would be revealed.

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