Fr. Stanley L. Jaki

These Thy Atoms

Thorough Materialism “The Catholic should be the most thorough materialist.” —Fr. Stanley L. Jaki[1] True to the late Fr. Jaki’s dictum, I am a thorough materialist. I see nature as a system of interacting matter and forces. My four-year-old son has apparently acquired my enthusiasm. He heard me say that everything is made of atoms, and he took that idea […]

The Uniquely Christian Birth of Science

This is the final of a six-part series on the teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. To understand how science was born of Christianity, it is helpful to first understand “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science” and “The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures.” By science Fr. Jaki meant what we now call “modern science,” which is the application of mathematics to observations […]

Fr. Jean Buridan’s Impetus Theory

This is the fifth part of a six-part series on the teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki that science was born of Christianity. To understand how science was born of Christianity, first “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science” must be understood. Then “The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures” can be understood; by science Fr. Jaki meant what we now call “modern […]

The Christian Middle Ages and the Greek Scientific Corpus

This is the fourth in a series of six essays. I like to review before starting so the current essay is read in context. To understand how science was born of Christianity, first “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science” must be understood. Then “The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures” can be understood; by science Fr. Jaki meant what we now […]

The Radical Scientific View of Biblical Cultures

To review so far, “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science” must first be understood to further grasp what he meant by “science was born of Christianity.” Then it is helpful to understand what Fr. Jaki meant by “The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures.” The essay below will show how the biblical and early Christian world view was 1) conducive to […]

The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures

This essay is the second in a teaching series. The first essay is “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science.” Fr. Stanley L. Jaki used the phrase “stillbirths of science” in reference to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China, India, Babylon, Greece, and Arabia. The lifeless imagery was the counter-analogy to his claim that science was born of Christianity. Jaki was […]

Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science

This Teaching Series Holy Tuesday, April 7, marked six years since Fr. Stanley L. Jaki died in Madrid in 2009. Toward the end of his life, Fr. Stanley L. Jaki asked himself, “What is the point to work hard on a topic, though only to see in the end that what one tried to transmit on the basis of decades […]