This book constitutes a welcome study among the variety of histories about the emergence of modern science. Along with Steven Shapin s books, Peter Harrison shows how the emergence of science did not necessarily coincide with the triumph of reason. Rather, Harrison shows that in fact it was a mistrust of reason based on Augustinian anthropology and the constant preoccupation with the effects of the fall that lay behind the new attitude toward nature. 'The birth of modern experimental science was not attended with a new awareness of the powers and capacities of human reason, but rather the opposite - the consciousness of the manifold deficiencies of the intellect, of the misery of human condition, and of the limited scope of scientific achievement" (p. 258).
"The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science" by Guiu, Adrian - Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 93, Issue 2, Spring 2011 | Online Research Library: Questia
Having read Novum Organum from Francis Bacon (@rcohlers) it is hard not to see this thesis as correct. In our context, I imagine the thesis is controversial here. I’m curious what people think.