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Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon was the founder of the modern scientific method.   The

focus on the new scientific method is on orderly experimentation.   For Bacon,

experiments that produce results are important.   Bacon pointed out the need

for clear and accurate thinking, showing that any mastery of the world in

which man lives was dependent upon careful understanding.   This understanding

is based solely yyon the facts of this world and not as the ancients held it

in ancient philosophy.   This new modern science provides the foundation for

modern political science.   Bacon's political science completely separated

religion and philosophy.   For Bacon, nothing exists in the universe except

individual bodies.   Although he did not offer a complete theory of the nature

of the universe, he pointed the way that science, as a new civil religion,

might take in developing such a theory.

        Bacon divided theology into the natural and the revealed.   Natural

theology is the knowledge of God which we can get from the study of nature and

the creatures of God.   Convincing proof is given of the existance of God but

nothing more.   Anything else must come from revealed theology.   SCience and

philosophy have felt the need to justify themselves to laymen.   The belieft

that nature is something to be vexed and tortured to the compliance of man

will not satisfy man nor laymen.   Natural science finds its proper method when

the 'scientist' puts Nature to the question, tortures her by experiment and

wrings from her answers to his questions.   The House of Solomon is directly

related to these thoughts.   "It is dedicated to the study of Works and the

Creatures of God" (Bacon, 436).   Wonder at religious questions was natural,

but, permitted free reign, would destroy science by absorbing the minds and

concerns of men.   The singular advantage of...


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