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The Religious Thought Of Francis Bacon

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This chapter explores the character of Francis Bacon's religious views within the larger context of his thought as a whole. By doing so it examines some of the arguments put forward about the extent to which Bacon's fundamental positions on the significance of science and the role that it could play in 'the relief of man's estate' can be said to have been coloured by religious presuppositions whether Protestant or Christian more generally. The chapter further considers Bacon's views on the proper relationship between science and religion and, in particular, the relative importance of Scripture and natural law in the study of God's Creation.

Keywords: Francis Bacon; God's creation; philosophical works; religious thought



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