Studying “God's Contrivances”

in Regimens of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780226116396
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116419 | DOI:
Studying “God's Contrivances”

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This chapter examines the works and views of Robert Boyle and John Locke on the study of the entirety of “God's works” and of Scripture. It explains that Boyle devoted a section to the advantages of the study of theology in his Excellency of Theology and Locke expressed the same sentiment in his Of the Conduct of the Understanding about the comprehensive nature of theology in relation to other sciences. This chapter suggests that Boyle and Locke considered theology as a practical science and the purpose of its study is not to devise speculative definitions but to discover the true guide to a life lived in conformity with God's will.

Keywords: God's works; Scripture; Robert Boyle; John Locke; theology; Excellency of Theology; Of the Conduct of the Understanding; practical science; God's will

Chapter.  9860 words. 

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