The Importance Of Religion And Science In Sir Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis

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It is clear in Sir Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis that the scientists of Bensalem rule society. It seems that the scientists of Salomon’s House fabricated a miracle of God to introduce Christianity to the island. It also appears that many of the protocols on the island stem from scientific research, such as how the sailors were kept in a quarantine for three days and given pills for their sick to take. The scientists of Salomon’s House have control over aspects of Bensalem such as orchards, pools, furnaces, and towers. The Father of Salomon’s house radiates authority in the way he is dressed and presented, which is far more ornately than any other character in the book. Even his servants hold symbols of authority. In addition to this, he gave the European sailors permission to tell others about the island of Bensalem, something not even the Governor could seemingly do. Overall, through the almost certainly fabricated Miracle of Renfusa, procedures implemented by scientists, control over public works and authority of the Father of Salomon’s House, it is clear that science rules Bensalem. Religion and science seem entwined in Bacon’s novel. Bacon writes that scientists at Salomon’s House say, We have certain hymns and services, which we say daily, of Lord and thanks to God for his marvellous works: and forms of prayers, imploring his aid and blessing for the illumination of our labours, and the turning of them into good and holy uses. (Bacon, ⁋91) He also writes

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