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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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The Experimental Philosophy

The Experimental Philosophy

(p.230) Chapter Twenty-Nine The Experimental Philosophy
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focusses on the new Reformation in Europe, which involved the physical removal of all imagery from churches. These actions were not merely justified as obedience to the Second Commandment, but were also seen as mirroring the radical new way of reading Scripture advocated by Luther. His growing conviction that the Scriptures should be understood ‘in their simplest meaning as far as possible’ and his insistence the literal meaning was ‘the highest, best, strongest’ involved a rejection of the long tradition of more imaginative allegorical approaches. This approach was echoed by other Reformation leaders, who not only extended his preference for simplicity from the reading of Scripture to visible symbolic forms of worship, but helped it to extend into new ways of looking at the natural world.

Keywords:   Luther, Scripture, religious imagery, allegorical approaches, Reformation, natural world

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