The separation of science and religion in modern secular culture
can easily obscure the fact that in sixteenth- and
seventeenth-century Europe ideas about nature were intimately
related to ideas about God. Readers of this book will find fresh
and exciting accounts of a phenomenon common to both science and
religion: deviation from orthodox belief. How is heterodoxy to be
measured? How might the scientific heterodoxy of particular
thinkers impinge on their religious views? Would heterodoxy in
religion create a predisposition towards heterodoxy in science?
Might there be a homology between heterodox views in both domains?
Such major protagonists as Galileo and Newton are re-examined
together with less familiar figures in order to bring out the
extraordinary richness of scientific and religious thought in the
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