What’s with the ancients worshipping idols of wood and stone? Certainly skeptics must have existed among them, even without the caution of Isaiah, who mocked the one who plants a tree, watches it grow, cuts it down, burns it for cooking, warmth, and light, then “from the rest he makes a god.” He even prays to it: “Save me! You are my god!” (Isa. 44:17).
Many of these people were not stupid; they were just hewed out of the stuff that defined their age, as we are of ours.
Comedian Steve Martin portrayed Theodoric of York, a medieval barber who practiced medicine. Theodoric tells the mother of a patient not to worry, that even though science is …