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Science and Religion in Seventeenth Century England [Paperback]

Richard S. Westfall


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press (Dec 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472061909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472061907
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,716,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Science was started by Christians who reexamined ideas. Started with Bible and continued with nature. Created modernity. 17 Jan 2014
By Clay Garner - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly explains the profound, unwavering Christian faith of the men who founded the scientific revolution. Cromwell's war discredited both the puritans and the rest of organized religion in England. These men had absolute faith in the Bible and Christianity. Therefore they first searched the scriptures using 'reason', or thinking ability. The goal was to remove unbiblical ideas. They wanted to understand the mind of God. They rejected the trinity. Aristotle was abandoned even though the university worshiped him.

They looked for a belief system to bring peace. What evidence could be used to convince all to accept basic Christian ideas? They turned to study of nature as evidence of God's existence, wisdom, love and power. They focused on God the Creator. They taught that Christianity was first to glorify God and second to save men.

"Nature alive in service to man - Man alive in service to God." Shows the thinking. Covers the effect of focusing on the study of creation that led to deism. Explains the increased trust in human reason led eventually a weakened trust in Christianity. Not with these men, Barrow, Boyle, Locke, Hooke, Newton, etc., but the next generation.

This change produced the scientific outlook we have today. Ironic it was started to defend the the Bible and to glorify God. Nevertheless, we can be grateful for the tremendous intellectual effort that gave us the benefits of rejecting Aristotle and receiving benefit of science.

"the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them." Wrote Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. I did not understand what he meant until I read this book. Natural religion was a replacement of Christianity that was accepted by the enlightment.
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