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The Scientific Revolution shifted focus from Church authority to the authority of science and reason Fresh concepts in science added to our understanding of the world around us a new view of the solar system Kepler and Galileo a closer look at the human body and its functions Vesalius and the detailed workings of nature Pascal and Newton Philosophical ideas of the time resulted in our modern logic supremacy of questioning Descartes and supremacy of God over the universe Newton This new era produced unique perspectives that had the potential to desecrate commonly held Western Christian values Sir Isaac Newton and the combined efforts of both scientists and Christian theologians reconciled Christian values with science Platonic and neoplatonic philosophies of the ancient world and the Renaissance respectively ushered in the new thought of the Scientific Revolution Platonism revolves around the concept of a central source from which everything emanates Copernicus one of the minds that created the Revolution based his concept of planetary bodies revolving perfectly around the sun on Platonism Copernicus discovery is completely overrated he had no reasoning for his assertion and could not verify his conclusion with anything concrete Oddly enough the new Protestant movement criticized and rejected the Copernican view of the solar system before Catholicism Protestants had no true tradition that would compel them to condemn the idea so the assumption is that the two Churches Roman Catholic and Protestant were still very close at this early stage in the Reformation and had similar values and traditions Copernicus really threatened the traditions of Western Christians but not on their values There is a significant difference between traditions and values traditions are largely inflexible unwritten customs passed between generations without an emotional tie Values form the core of an individual or a religion that are somewhat flexible and have a strong emotional backing Copernicus challenge to tradition stemmed from an outdated philosophical system However Ren Descartes appeared over fifty years
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