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Religions 2017, 8(5), 83; doi:10.3390/rel8050083

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

Samford University, Samford Center for Science and Religion, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA
Academic Editor: Christopher Metress
Received: 3 February 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 1 May 2017 / Published: 4 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching the Reformations)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Reformation and Science; science and Christianity; history of science and Christianity; Brad Gregory; Unintended Reformation Reformation and Science; science and Christianity; history of science and Christianity; Brad Gregory; Unintended Reformation
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Reeves, J.A. How Not to Link the Reformation and Science: Reflections on Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation. Religions 2017, 8, 83.

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