“Roots of Modernity”

Minkov, S. “Roots of Modernity.” Review of Politics 69 (2007): 296–98.

First Paragraph: ” In a broad overview of many of Francis Bacon’s works, Stephen A. McKnight seeks to show that Bacon is not an unbelieving philosopher and that his project- commonly referred to as the conquest of nature of the relief of man’s estate-is rooted in “genuinely and deeply felt religious convictions” (11).  In making his argument, McKight usefully raises, but does not settle, the difficult question of the role of Christian belief in Bacon’s thought and activities, a question related to the broader debate about modernity as secularized Christianity.  As McKight puts it, misunderstanding “the role of religion in Bacon’s program…also distorts the understanding of modernity” (59).