How Not to Link the Reformation and Science: Reflections on Brad Gregory's The Unintended Reformation

This article evaluates Brad Gregory's argument in The Unintended Reformation that links the Reformation with the rise of secular science. I provide an overview of Gregory's claims and make two criticisms, arguing that Gregory's thesis lacks historical evidence to support it and mistak...

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Published in:Religions
Main Author: Reeves, Josh A. 1976-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: MDPI [2017]
In: Religions
Further subjects:B Unintended Reformation
B science and Christianity
B history of science and Christianity
B Brad Gregory
B Reformation and Science
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Summary:This article evaluates Brad Gregory's argument in The Unintended Reformation that links the Reformation with the rise of secular science. I provide an overview of Gregory's claims and make two criticisms, arguing that Gregory's thesis lacks historical evidence to support it and mistakenly implies that retaining the framework of premodern metaphysics would have prevented the rise of scientific naturalism. The paper concludes by pointing to more positive accounts on the connection between the Reformation and science by recent historians.
ISSN:2077-1444
Contains:Enthalten in: Religions
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/rel8050083