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The Religious Affiliation of Scientific Philosopher
Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon: "Affiliation: Anglican. Bacon's mother was a thorough Calvinist. He adhered to the middle road of the Church of England, however, neither authoritarian nor sectarian. His religion was more formal than fervent." [The Galileo Project]; Also: "Thus, Bacon delineated the principles of the inductive thinking method, which, while as a method goes back to Aristotle, constituted a breakthrough in the approach to science. He was just these kind of materialist theories that brought about the great discoveries Copernicus and Galileo. Bacon could see that the only knowledge of importance to man was empirically rooted in the natural world; and that a clear system of scientific inquiry would assure man's mastery over the world. That is not to say that Bacon did not believe that there was a God, for, as he said in 'Of Atheism': 'I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.'" Online source.

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