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Judaism And The Religious Crisis Of Modern Science

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This chapter outlines a different kind of explanation for the emergence of the modern tensions between science and religion?one that stresses its philosophical and theological dimensions, centering on the conflicting conceptions of human rationality that the work of prudent ?interpreters of nature and Scripture? were seen to premise, rather than on the conflicting pictures of the world that they came to paint. A crucial turning point in the history of the relations between early modern science and religion was the publication in 1687 of Sir Isaac Newton?s great work of physics: Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. The original appeal and harmony between the constitutive philosophies of science fashioned by Francis Bacon and René Descartes and their respective religious cultures was deep, meaningful and authentic. The submissive version of Jewish religiosity is an authentic voice of Judaism, whose presence in Talmudic culture is beyond dispute.

Keywords: Francis Bacon; Jewish religiosity; judaism; modern science; René Descartes; Sir Isaac Newton; Talmudic culture

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