March 17, 2014

"They Tore Down Paradise To Put Up A Parking Lot"

Statue of Sir Thomas Browne in Norwich, England. 

Sir Thomas Browne (19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric.

Browne is widely considered one of the most original writers in the English language. The freshness and ingenuity of his mind invested everything he touched with interest; while on more important subjects his style, if frequently rugged and pedantic, often rises to the highest pitch of stately eloquence. His paradoxical place in the history of ideas, as both a promoter of the new inductive science, as an adherent of ancient esoteric learning as well as a devout Christian have greatly contributed to his ambiguity in the history of ideas. For these reasons, the literary critic Robert Sencourt succinctly assessed him as "an instance of scientific reason lit up by mysticism in the Church of England."
An excerpt from, "Thomas Browne – religion as passion and pastime, part 2: Religio Medici" by Roz Kaveney, The Guardian, Monday, May 27, 2013:
Browne knew that, as a medical doctor, he stood half-convinced of infidelity in many people's eyes, and his title, A Doctor's Religion, was one some would see as a paradox. Given his glory in paradoxes, the joke implied in writing a book with such a title, and making it an intellectual's expression of simple and, for the most part, uncomplicated faith in Protestant Christianity, was not lost on him. This is not a humorous book but it is, in a far deeper sense, a good humoured one, and its lively thinking – and playing with paradoxes – is an expression both of Browne's personality and of what he believed truth to be.
Video Title: In Search Of Browne's Meadow. Source: Martin Faulks. Date Published: September 17, 2013. Description:
Pip and I go in search of the Meadow owned by legendary alchemist Sir Thomas Browne.
"They Tore Down Paradise To Put Up A Parking Lot" - Martin Faulks.

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