Religious teaching points to the human body as being God's temple, the vessel in which the sacred spirit dwells. Indeed, the sanctity of the corporeal human form is referred to as being in God's own image. No one did more to promote the understanding and appreciation of the human body than the great anatomist, physician, surgeon, lecturer, and author, Andreas Vesalius.
Although history does not remember him as a religious man, his monumental work, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Workings of the Human Body) displays a grasp of the human body and its functions better than anyone at that time. Because of Vesalius' diligence and scientific acumen, Galen's revered teachings of animal anatomy substituting for that of humans were finally discarded in favor of Vesalius' enlightened studies. So great was Vesalius' passion for detail in his work, that his revolutionary text, De humani corporis fabrica, illustrated with fine engravings, constitutes an exquisite artwork in its own right and provided a lasting legacy for students of anatomy.
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon
teaches that religion
and science complement one another, and that blind faith
can never satisfy the human hunger for true knowledge
. This is true whether it applies to the Bible or Galen
. Vesalius, in that respect, did a great service in the human quest for absolute truth.