On Friday The Guardian had a short post on the recently posted Israeli Newton archives. The author concentrated on the interrelatedness of science, religion and occult in Newton’s work. As can be imagined the rapidly expanding comments column is a cesspit of ill informed opinion, prejudice, ignorance and just plain steaming crap. I briefly contemplated letting the HISTSCI HULK loose on it but then decided that the resulting post would be so long that I’d still be writing at Easter so I dropped the idea. However I just couldn’t resist this one.
A pro-religious commentator bigredeye posted with approval a longish quote from Francis Bacon’s On Atheism essay. This was responded to by SoundMoney, who apparently is not very sound on Early Modern Period English political history.
Not surprising. Like Francis Bacon, the father of modern science. Bacon’s essay on atheism is still so pertinent
There was a certain obligation on Queen Elizabeth I’s ministers to openly profess the state religion, with somewhat career-shortening consequences if you did not.
Firstly, for those not up to speed on the life and times of “the father of modern science” Bacon was never a minister under Elizabeth first achieving this honour under James. Secondly, for those not clued in on his publishing activities On Atheism was first published in 1612, nine years after Elizabeth’s death!