Pope Sylvester the 2nd: Faith-Filled Scientist

Branden Applewhite    


Ms. Collins

5th Period                                                             1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Pope Sylvester the 2nd

Faith and science are 2 very different things that people try to use together. Using both aspects in an idea or belief has caused many arguments in both the science and religious world. Most religious leaders believe that there was no such thing as science because God creates all and that we shouldn’t worry about the creation of thing when we have faith. Science acknowledges reason and evidence and scientists have to find the origin of things by doing experiments instead of just believing what others tell them. One of the very intelligent scientists that used faith in their science while keeping the religious ideas valid was Pope Sylvester the 2nd. Originally known as Gerbert, Pope Sylvester was born in the year 946 in Belliac, Auvergne, Kingdom of France. At around age 17, Sylvester joined the monastery of St. Gerald of Aurillac. In the year 967, Borell the 2nd, count of Barcelona, visited the monastery that Gerbert was staying in. The leader of Gerbert’s monastery requested for Borell to take Gerbert with him so he could learn mathematics and gain knowledge about Arabic learning. In the year 969, Borell established a pilgrimage to Rome, bringing along Gerbert. At the pilgrimage, Gerbert met...