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The New Atlantis, Bacon Sir Francis Bacon had a different view on the world as did the other authors we have read. Bacon’s view was solely on scientific method and experimentation. Francis Bacon was the founder of the scientific method which led to his critical thinking. For Bacon, nothing exists in the universe except individual bodies. I do not agree with this on the terms of it clearly shown that there is more in this world than just people. I believe that his scientific method and his gatherings are what has lead him to believe such a theory. Moving forward, Bacon tends to divide theology into two categories: natural and revealed. Natural theology is knowing that God exist, we know this because of study of nature and the creatures God created. I am a follower of natural theology, I enjoy studying creations because it makes my faith for God a lot stronger. Anything other than the knowledge of God and his creations is labeled under revealed theology. As I read and read the New Atlantis, I am beginning to see that the society in the story is definitely a scientific society. Also, in the New Atlantis, the need for man to be driven does not exist, also the scarcity is demolished because there is no need for money. It is all based off of science. I can agree on some aspects of science and religion. However, there are a few points that I can make as a Christian as to why religion is not science. The first point is the creation of the world. I do not believe it was science that created the world, I believe it was God who created the heavens and the Earth and everything that lives on it. This can even go as far as believing in evolution, the science of believing man evolved instead of being created. I do not agree with evolution in any aspect of the science, not only have I been taught not to, but also my heart does not believe it. Don’t get me wrong, science and religion can be alike. For example, the study of nature, the nature that God created. I believe that God’s creations led us to the faithfulness of our religion. I can speak for myself and say that when I am walking through nature I am learning different things about animals, but I also know and thank God that he created such an animal I can study. That really is the only aspect I believe about science and religion. Bacon stresses the importance of light and torture. The torture refers to nature’s secrets and the affect it has on man. Light refers to the precursor of fruit, the meaning of natural philosophy. I see and understand the views of Bacon and his thoughts on religion as a science. The light that Bacon shows emphasis on is what was first created by God. It is obvious to me that the New Atlantis was trying to be focused on religion, however, Bacon’s main idea was the have it focused on science. One thing I would like to point out in the story is when the mean arrive to the Island. It is funny to me how the men of the Island claimed to be so high in religion can actual have science higher than religion. Refer back to the story, they do not have statues of God and religious characters in the bible, they have statues of inventors. This is a good way to see that Bacon is focused on science as religion. In conclusion, Sir Francis Bacon has an amazing view on science and religion. I feel that his theory has opened up a lot of people’s eyes and it is definitely something to consider into religion. I do not agree with science as a religion as I said earlier, however, God created us and nature which led man to the study of science. In the end, man and nature are both under the will of God, study and view them as you wish, but the grace of God will continue to show “his science”.

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