Roger Bacon

Really, you should just read the article itself. But just to hit the highlights…

Bacon studied at Oxford under the eminent Bishop of Lyons, Robert Grosseteste, who advocated the study of nature as evidence of the Creator….

Roger Bacon is rightly honored as being one of the fathers of the scientific method, fully 300 years before it became popular (largely through the philosophical writings of another but unrelated Bacon, Sir Francis, also a Bible believer). While others in the thirteenth century were content with superstition, habit and acceptance of authority, Bacon saw the value of glorifying God through study of the world….

While other cultures achieved successes in engineering or medicine through pragmatism, luck or necessity, Bacon’s point was philosophical (philo=love, soph=wisdom); he valued knowledge not just for its practical benefits, but for its own intrinsic value both as a means of avoiding error and for understanding the mind of God….

This day is dawning again, methinks. Sure, some things are reserved for God alone: but there is so much that we could learn more about, but we haven’t bothered to put in the effort to master it.

If you are going to get all of the Divine wisdom that you an grasp, you first must accept that it exists. Once this is done, we can start making some excellent progress!

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