Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - 150 páginas
This study re-evaluates the religious beliefs of Francis Bacon and the role which his theology played in the development of his program for the reform of learning and the natural sciences, the Great Instauration. Bacon's Instauration writings are saturated with theological statements and Biblical references which inform and explain his program, yet this aspect of his writings has received little attention. Previous considerations of Bacon's religion have been drawn from a fairly short list of his published writings. Consequently, Bacon has been portrayed as everything from an atheist to a Puritan; scholarly consensus is lacking. This book argues that by considering the historical context of Bacon's society, and his conversion from Puritanism to anti-Calvinism as a young man, his own theology can be brought into clearer focus, and his philosophy more properly understood.
 

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Breaking with a Puritan Past
1
Bacons Tum toward the Ancient Faith
27
In the Beginning The Creation of Nature and the Nature of the Fall
51
On the Way of Salvation Bacons Twofold Via Salutis
75
In the Autumn of the World Features of the Age of Instauration
99
Bacons Circle and his Legacy
117
Bibliography
141
Index
147
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