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Peter Harrison examines the role played by the Bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the Bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. The rise of modern science is linked to the Protestant approach to texts, an approach which spelt an end to the symbolic world of the Middle Ages and established the conditions for the scientific investigation and technological exploitation of nature.


‘This is a learned book, enormously ambitious, clearly and elegantly written, copiously documented, subtly and persuasively argued. I do not believe it has any serious rival, for the boldness of its interpretations and the quality of its scholarship, among books on the relationship between Protestantism and science.’

David C. Lindberg Source: Isis

‘… an extraordinarily interesting and well documented study … In addition to its novelty, richness, and suggestiveness, Harrison’s work is characterized by meticulous organization, felicitous formulations of the critical issues it addresses, and a very engaging style. It will make a lasting contribution to early modern studies in literature, religion, and the history of science.’

Eileen Reeves Source: Renaissance Quarterly

‘This is probably the most significant contribution to the early modern relationship between science and religion to be published for ten years; it will no doubt be much discussed and leave a permanent mark on our understanding of the issues with which it deals.’

Fraser Watts Source: Expository Times

‘… admirably lucid … an arresting and provocative thesis … Harrison’s sophisticated analysis is essential reading for anyone interested in the field of science-and-religion. It will also appeal to historians of science wrestling with the enduring problem of why the sciences took off so spectacularly in Europe precisely when they did.’

John Hedley Brooke Source: Metascience

'This is an impressive and important contribution to the burgeoning literature on the interrelations between science and religion in the early modern period.'

Geoffrey Cantor - University of Leeds

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