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I should have known my comment would seem insensitive, for that I apologize.This is a silly comment, and quite frankly, not something I would expect from you. It is the kind of snarky remark I would expect a religious person to make to an atheist. Scientists do not cringe at the roots of their discipline. Scientists believe no such thing. I cannot speak for all scientists; as a person who holds that science is the greatest discipline humans have yet created; I can say that knowing from what roots science actually did originate. Religion is not one of them.
Alchemy was closely associated with Hermeticism...a religious philosophy.
ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HermeticismHermeticism, also called Hermetism, is a religious and philosophical tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus ("Thrice Great"). These writings have greatly influenced the Western esoteric tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation. The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology that is present in all religions and that was given by God to man in antiquity.
This strongly implies association with such as the Freemasons and Rosecrucians, both of whom hold reverence for Hermes Trimegistus, and both of whom date back through the Middle Ages into the late Roman Empire and earlier. Hermeticism was the clique of "uber-scholars" of the era, logic was a pre-eminant practice, and the study of how the world worked (with the end to manipulate it as a goal) was a constant occupation...this was the greater part of the syncretic soup out of which science was born.
Was science born out of Christian or other "religious" thinkers...certainly not in the way you suggest, apart from incidentally as you did mention. Nevertheless, Hermeticism is *a* religion, and out of the religion of Hermeticism as the primary source material, I do believe science as we know it did spring.
You don't have to believe...simply connect the dots.