Who Stole God from Science: Part 3 – Hypatia – Science and Divinity as One
In part 2 of this series on “Who stole God from science?”, we presented the great achievements of Pythagoras and his followers, and then followed a period in European history until the Italian Renaissance where there was little advancement in Science. During this period of nearly 1800 years, there were scientists who kept the Ageless Wisdom alive in the East such as Hypatia and her father Theon of Alexandria, Egypt.
There have been many accounts of the life of Hypatia (350-415 AD), much of which is fiction and hearsay. What we do know is that she was a brilliant philosopher, mathematician and wise woman renowned for her teachings on life that she openly shared via the Alexandrian School. Hypatia was raised and educated by her parents in the tradition of the Ageless Wisdom as lived by the Ancient Egyptians and Pythagoras. At the Alexandrian Library, her father Theon taught many aspects of science including astronomy, mathematics, mechanics, and architecture, as well as philosophy. Hypatia was in her time the world’s leading mathematician and astronomer, the only woman in the world to ever hold this title.[i]
Two things were unusual in that firstly, she was a woman being encouraged to study at a time when this was not accepted as a woman’s rightful place except within families such as hers and secondly, Hypatia was not aligned with any of the religions of the day. Theon counselled Hypatia to remain independent of the religions of the day (Christianity and Judaism) that were embroiled in fanatical campaigns against one another and against paganism.
Instead she embraced God and the divine within herself, within nature and of course within science as had Pythagoras and later Plato, whose works she had studied.
During this period of oppression, Hypatia – through her connection with the Ageless Wisdom – kept alive the truth in science, philosophy and religion and this she shared freely and more importantly, lived by example.
The Murder of Hypatia
Hypatia held open forums for people to discuss the various aspects of science, with people travelling from around the world to participate in these great scientific and philosophical explorations on life, people, the stars and the universe. Hypatia brought forth to the public great knowledge and wisdom. She presented in such a way that expanded people’s awareness and understanding of factors affecting their everyday lives. She represented a disciplined way of life that was dedicated to truth in science, philosophy and religion. She refused to be aligned with any of the formal religions of the time and was eventually tortured and killed by a mob of Christian monks on the grounds that she was a supporter of Greek paganism: this was alleged because of her connection with the teachings of Pythagoras and Plato. Hence the world at that time was robbed of a great scholar who was both philosopher, scientist, and devout in her love of divinity.
Worse still is the fact this barbaric act sought to intimidate other scientists of the day and to a large extent those that have followed into leaving “God” out of the equation. As a result humanity as a whole has left behind, if not altogether lost track of, the grandness that Science truly is and where it actually comes from.
Many other acts of vandalism were waged against places where the Ageless Wisdom was made freely available to the public. One example was the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt where Hypatia had presented to the public. This library was famous throughout the world as it housed collections of original scientific and cultural documents and texts from all around the world. It was a centre for sharing knowledge and for learning. The library was repeatedly under siege by those with agendas that were founded in religious fanaticism, jealousy or simply those who opposed the Ageless Wisdom.
The entire written contents of the Alexandrian Library was eventually either stolen or destroyed by fire. This illustrates that there has long been a powerful force that seeks to keep the sharing of knowledge and wisdom from humanity, and in the process extinguish truth. This has always been the case wherever the liberation of humanity is being offered by the truth of the Ageless Wisdom.
For the next 1000 years scientists and philosophers were tortured, imprisoned and even put to death for expressing truth in science that challenged the religious ideals and beliefs of the Catholic Church: the threat of torture was sufficient to suppress freedom of thought and expression. As a result of the imposition of the Church on scientific process, no real advances in science were made during this time until the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, and later Copernicus and Galileo, challenged the central control of the Catholic Church over science. During this period of absolute control by the Church with its inquisitions, Science was held under the tyranny of a vengeful version of God. This one was controlling and dictatorial – a far cry from the accessible and omniscient God who was foundational to Pythagoras, Plato and Hypatia and other true scientists within this lineage.
Our next part in this series will examine the role that Leonardo Da Vinci played in bringing about the end of this Dark Age in science and a most terrible period in our history.