Religion, the Royal Society, and the rise of science

Harrison, Peter (2008) Religion, the Royal Society, and the rise of science. Theology and Science, 6 3: 255-271. doi:10.1080/14746700802206925

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Author Harrison, Peter
Title Religion, the Royal Society, and the rise of science
Journal name Theology and Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-6700
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14746700802206925
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 271
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Accounts of the role of religion in the rise of modern science often focus on the way in which religion provided the intellectual foundations for scientific enquiry, motivated particular individuals, or provided the substantive content of approaches to nature. These relate to the origins of science and assume that, once established, modern science becomes self-justifying. However, seventeenth-century criticisms of science—attacks on the Royal Society being one example—suggest that science remained a marginal and precarious activity for some time. The rise of science to cultural prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was possible only because science was eventually able to establish itself as a religiously useful enterprise. Religion thus played a key role not only in the origins of modern science, but in providing the ongoing social sanctions that ensured its persistence and rise to prominence.
Keyword Legitimation
Royal Society
Robert Boyle
Francis Bacon
Scientific revolution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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