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The Scientific Revolution: Its Classical and Christian History

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  1. Introduction
    Lecture 1: The Scientific Revolution: The Big Picture (Preview Content)
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  2. Lesson 2.1 Why History Matters: The Conflict Thesis
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  3. Lecture 2.2: Why History Matters: The Influence of the Conflict Thesis
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  4. Lecture 2.3: Why History Matters: Why Historians Reject the Conflict Thesis
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  5. Ancient Greek Science
    Lecture 3: The Stars in Their Courses
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  6. Lecture 4.1: Science in Antiquity: Greek Natural Philosophy (Preview Content)
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  7. Lecture 4.2: Science in Antiquity: Understanding the Earth
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  8. Lecture 4.3: Science in Antiquity: The Heavenly Realm
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  9. Lecture 5: Plato’s Universe
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  10. Lecture 6.1: Saving the Phenomena: Ancient Greek Astronomy & the Influence of Plato
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  11. Lecture 6.2: Saving the Phenomena: Eudoxus’ Homocentric Spheres
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  12. Lecture 6.3: Saving the Phenomena: Aristotle
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  13. Lecture 6.4: Saving the Phenomena: Ptolemy
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  14. Lecture 7: Measuring the World: Eratosthenes, Aristarchus, and the Size of the Cosmos in Antiquity
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  15. Greek Science in Cultural Contexts
    Lecture 8: Athens and Jerusalem: Greek Natural Philosophy and the Early Church
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  16. Lecture 9: Rome, Alexandria, and Baghdad: The Reception of Greek Natural Philosophy in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
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  17. Lecture 10: East Meets West: The Universities and Greek Natural Philosophy in the High Middle Ages
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  18. Lecture 11: Revolt of the Handmaiden: The Condemnation of 1277
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  19. The Scientific Revolution: The New World Picture
    Lecture 12.1: Copernicus Moves the Earth: What He Did and What it Meant, Part 1 (Preview Content)
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  20. Lecture 12.2: Copernicus Moves the Earth: What He Did and What it Meant, Part 2
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  21. Lecture 12.3: Copernicus Moves the Earth: What He Did and What it Meant, Part 3
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  22. Lecture 13: Tycho’s Compromise
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  23. Lecture 14: Kepler’s New Astronomy: His Neoplatonist “Proof” of Copernican Astronomy
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  24. Lecture 15: Kepler’s New Astronomy: Celestial Physics and the Harmonies of the World
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  25. Lecture 16: Galileo and the Telescope: Copernicus Vindicated
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  26. Lecture 17: The New Mechanics of Galileo: Physics on a Moving Earth
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  27. Lecture 18: Galileo & the Roman Catholic Church: A Clash of Personalities, Not “Warfare” of Religion and Science
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  28. Lesson 19: Galileo and the Garden of Eden
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  29. Lecture 20: Newton, the Man: Public Science and Private Religion
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  30. Lecture 21: Newton, Gravitation, and God
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  31. The Scientific Revolution: The New World View, New Views of Knowledge, and New Interactions with Christianity
    Lesson 22.1: The New World View: Of Animals and Machines
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  32. Lecture 22.2: The New World View: Of Clockworks and God
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  33. Lecture 23.1: New Sources of Knowledge and New Attitudes about Acquiring It: New Sources of Knowledge
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  34. Lecture 23.2: New Sources of Knowledge and New Attitudes about Acquiring It: New Views of How to Obtain Knowledge
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  35. Lecture 24.1: New Views of Knowledge: Progress
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  36. Lecture 24.2: New Views of Knowledge: Utility and Praise
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  37. Lecture 25.1: New Interactions between Christianity and Science: Part One
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  38. Lecture 25.2: New Interactions between Christianity and Science: Part Two
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  39. Lecture 26: Why Christianity is Good for Science
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  40. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: The Scientific Revolution: Its Classical and Christian History
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  • Discuss the single biggest myth popularized by many proponents of the Conflict Thesis, which was that theologians rejected the Earth’s spherical shape on the basis of scripture, and opposed Columbus’ efforts to find funding for his voyages across the Atlantic.
  • Why is it that for so long scholars bought the garbage about medieval Christians did not believe in a round earth?  How did this myth develop?