Religion and the early Royal Society

Harrison, Peter (2010) Religion and the early Royal Society. Science and Christian Belief, 22 1: 3-22.

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Author Harrison, Peter
Title Religion and the early Royal Society
Journal name Science and Christian Belief   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0954-4194
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 22
Total pages 20
Place of publication Nottingham, United Kingdom
Publisher The Paternoster Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The 1663 charter of the Royal Society declares that its activities shall be devoted ‘to the glory of God the Creator, and the advantage of the human race’. Yet other documents associated with the early Royal Society note that its fellows scrupulously avoided ‘meddling with Divinity, Metaphysics, Moralls’. This paper considers these apparently contradictory statements and seeks to offer an account of the roles which religion did, and did not, play in the pursuits and aspirations of the early Royal Society. In doing so, it gives consideration to a range of theories about the influence of religion on seventeenth century English science, including those of R.K. Merton, Charles Webster and Stephen Gaukroger.
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