'This is a learned book, enormously ambitious, clearly and elegantly written, copiously documented, subtly and persuasively argued.
--David C. Lindberg, Isis'... admirably lucid ... an arresting and provocative thesis. Harrison's sophisticated analysis is essential reading for anyone interested in the field of science-and-religion.'
--John Hedley Brooke, Metascience.'Probably the most significant contribution to the early modern relationship between science and religion to be published for ten years.'
--Fraser Watts, Expository Times'... a valuable survey and compelling account of the interaction between biblical hermeneutics and the natural sciences.... Well written, balanced, and rich in documentation....'
--Stephen Snobelen, Ambix
"The achievements of this ambitious book should be debated by scholars." Religious Studies Review
"Harrison has written a very interesting addition to the literature about Protestants and science, one that expands our understanding of the history of science and of ideas about nature." Mark Stoll, Environmental History
"Harrison's book is well written and his arguments are easy to follow...I am convinced of the importance and fruitfulness of his approach in investigating the study of nature and the study of the Bible as inextricably linked." Church History
"peter Harrison's splendid new book adds to the mounting evidence that the relationship between science and religion has been much more complicated than the military metaphor of an incessant "warfare" allows." Journal of Religion
In this book, Dr. Harrison examines the role played by the bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. The rise of modern science is linked to the Protestant approach to texts, an approach which spelt an end to the symbolic world of the middle ages, and established the conditions for the scientific investigation and technological exploitation of nature.