[T]he most significant contribution of the natural philosopher of the Middle Ages was to make modern science even conceivable. They made science safe in a Christian context, showed how it could be useful and constructed a worldview where it made sense. Their central belief that nature was created by God and so worthy of their attention was one that Galileo wholeheartedly endorsed. Without that awareness, modern science would simply not have happened.
—James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution, p. 342.