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The Word and the World

Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Science

  • Kevin Killeen
  • Peter J. Forshaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Peter J. Forshaw, Kevin Killeen
      Pages 1-22
  3. The Word and the World

  4. Inferior and Superior Astronomy

  5. Exegesis and Science in Early Modern Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-264

About this book


This book explores the impact of biblical reading practices on scientific thought in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. It addresses the idea that the natural philosophers of the era forged their new sciences despite, rather than because of, the pervasive bible-centeredness of early modern thought.


Francis Bacon hermeneutics history philosophy Society of Jesus

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin Killeen
    • 1
  • Peter J. Forshaw
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK
  2. 2.University of LondonUK

About the editors

LEO CATANA Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark KAREN EDWARDS Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Exeter, UK JAMES DOUGAL FLEMING Lecturer in English Renaissance non-dramatic literature, Simon Fraser University, UK PETER J. FORSHAW British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, UK HÅKAN HÅKANSSON PhD graduate, Lund University, Sweden PETER HARRISON Professor of History and Philosophy, Bond University, Australia IRVING A. KELTER Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, USA KEVIN KILLEEN Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Reading, UK STEVEN MATTHEWS Assistant Professor of European History and the History of Science, University of Minnesota in Duluth, USA PAUL R. MUELLER, S.J Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago, USA VOLKER R. REMMERT Assistant Professor of History of Science and History of Mathematics, University of Mainz, Germany JONATHAN SAWDAY Professor of English Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

Bibliographic information


"The Word and the World is a contribution not only to the literature on science and religion, but also to the growing body of scholarship that examines the dynamic interaction of humanist scholarship and natural knowledge in the age of the scientific revolution." - Daniel Stolzenberg, Renaissance Quarterly