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Peter Harrison Explains The Link Between Protestant Exegesis & The Scientific Revolution

Peter Harrison Explains The Link Between Protestant Exegesis & The Scientific Revolution

Up until the rise of Humanism and the 16th Century Protestant Reformation the natural world tended to be read in a symbolical way that was related to the symbolical reading of scripture. It was said that God had given mankind two books, the Book of Scripture and the Book of Nature and one was read in the light of the other. One advocate of the Two Books theory was Raymond Sebond, whose book, Theologia Naturalis, is discussed by Montaigne in…

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Bacon Seeks The Golden Mean Between Popery & Profanity

Bacon Seeks The Golden Mean Between Popery & Profanity

Francis Bacon was no atheist; he sought to tread the via media of the reformed English church between the two extremes of Popish superstition on the one hand and profane superstition on the other. In his Meditationes Sacrae, in the section titled “Of Heresies,” Bacon writes: Ye err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew XXII:29) THIS canon is the mother of all canons against heresy: the causes of error are two; the ignorance of the will…

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Finding Machiavelli And His Ideas In The Plays Of Shakespeare, by David Hurley

Finding Machiavelli And His Ideas In The Plays Of Shakespeare, by David Hurley

A Lecture on Shakespeare and Machiavelli, delivered to, Sekai O Miru Kai Aster Plaza Hiroshima April 2009 1. The Villainous Machiavel of the English Stage Eighty-five years after his death in 1527, Niccolo Machiavelli made his first appearance on the London stage in the prologue to Christopher Marlowe’s play, The Jew of Malta, which was first performed in 1592. This is what he says in the first part of his speech: MACHIAVEL. Albeit the world think Machiavel is dead, Yet…

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A Review of John Henry’s “Knowledge is Power”

A Review of John Henry’s “Knowledge is Power”

As an introduction to Francis Bacon, his life, philosophy and motivation, John Henry‘s Knowledge is Power: How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision Inspired Francis Bacon to Create Modern Science is the best that I have read to date. As the sub-title of this slim but pithy volume intimates, Henry describes how Francis Bacon was inspired to create a method of science that would replace Aristotelianism by his interest in “Magic”, his involvement with “the Government” and by his…

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ut omnes comprehendant

ut omnes comprehendant

It has come to my attention that a message which I sent out by electronic mail to a list of worthy recipients was received with some perturbation of spirit. Murmerings arose among my intended readership to the effect that the said electronic message was “unreadable”. I admit and freely confess that I, infected with the malady of the age, id est, “attentioniondeficititis”, had omitted three words from the epistle. I made up for that oversight, however, by sending the three…

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