Difference Between Religion And Science By Francis Bacon

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At every turn, Bacon appears to reinforce the dominance of a purely naturalistic approach to science at the expense of all other methods of inquiry. Unmasking the four scientific idols, undermining blind trust in authority, and anchoring theories closer to empirical data subtly but undeniably cemented the dominance of naturalism within the scientific community. Today, naturalism has become so encroached in our society that it is synonymous with science. Many historians view Bacon and his intellectual descendants as the ones directly responsible for this extreme reductionism. One author went so far as to bemoan “Descartes divided the universe between res cogitans, thinking substances, and res extensa, the mechanical world. The latter won …show more content…
One historian comments
“Despite the religious motivations behind his work, Bacon is well known for advocating separation between science and theology, … he used the Christian analogy of two separate but equal books which held that theological knowledge is based on revelation from God 's book while science is based on evidence from the senses and nature 's book.”
However, the reasons behind Bacon’s advocacy of separation are not what most people would think. Rather than protecting science from religion, Bacon thought he was protecting them both from certain people who had ineptly combined the two with disastrous results. Expressing these fears, Bacon states
“Truly, if one thinks about it, natural philosophy, after the word of God, is the strongest remedy for superstition and the most proven food of faith. Therefore, it has deservedly been granted to religion as its most faithful handmaid; … No wonder the growth of natural philosophy has been inhibited, since religion, which has the most enormous power over men’s minds, has been kidnapped by the ignorance and reckless zeal of certain persons, and made to join the side of the enemy.”

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