Gosse adds that both Pascal and Browne looked upon the generations of humanity as a single man, whose conduct was fixed by a set of stationary injunctions, above and beyond all criticism. In the early nineteenth century Religio Medici was "re-discovered" by the English Romantics. The son of a mercer, he was educated at Winchester and Oxford, and trained for the practise of medicine. OUP Oxford.
What do the Scriptures say, and what don't they say? Science and religion[ edit ] Throughout Religio Medici Browne uses scientific imagery to illustrate religious truths as part of his discussion on the relationship of science to religion, a topic which has lost none of its contemporary relevance. It makes us confused—and our confusion is the whole point of the sentence. Monro 58 Golden Cockerel Press edition : title-page The Religio Medici has maintained its popularity and was reprinted many times throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The book strongly influenced the prominent physician William Osler in his early years.
The one is stationary, the other on the march. Who Was Who describes his hobby as 'books' - something of an understatement considering Monro's bibliographical zeal in collecting nearly all the known editions of the Religio Medici, plus Browne's other works and related items such as the letter bearing Browne's autograph, as shown here. Examination of Browne's actual skull which was displayed in a casket in the museum of the Norfolk and Norwich hospital until eventually being reinterred in revealed it to have a low and sloping frontal region rather than the lofty and upright head as depicted in the portraits; however, according to Sir Arthur Keith of the Royal College of Surgeons, except for this anomaly which could be explained by the period's penchant for painting in the style of Van Dyck regardless of bone structure , the features are recognizable and the Oxford portrait is likely to be Browne. It was first translated into Latin by John Merryweather of Magdalene College, Cambridge in an edition that was originally printed in Leiden in Samuel Pepys in his diaries complained that the Religio was cried up to the whole world for its wit and learning. He married happily and was survived by four of his twelve children.
Despite this assertion, it is likely that Browne was not entirely displeased at the earlier printing of his work, a supposition supported by the fact that he retained Crooke as the publisher of the authorized version. He quoted long passages from Religio Medici and tried to refute them. Of the particular editions mentioned in the text of this article: Monro 1 is a copy of the first pirated edition; Monro 2 is a copy of the second pirated edition; Monro 3 and 4 are copies of the first authorised edition of
Thomas de Quincey in his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater also praised it, stating:  I do not recollect more than one thing said adequately on the subject of music in all literature. Read More Age of Dryden Browne was a physician by profession and a divine or preacher by inclination.
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The exercise of his wit won him much renown.
The fame of the work spread rapidly; as well as bringing the author immediate and lasting renown, it also spawned a host of imitators.
The Harmony of the Universe, and the argument from Design or Purpose i. Other commentators have noted its strong sense of the inwardness of sense, highlighting the obvious geniality and warmth of Browne's personality that still shines through: using words from the Religio Medici, his 'Conversation, it is like the Sun's, with all men, and with a friendly aspect to good and bad'.
A man of great learning who knew no less than six languages, Browne established a museum at his home and maintained a correspondence with many contemporary intellectuals on scientific and antiquarian subjects; he published several other books including Pseudodoxia Epidemica, an entertaining compilation of vast learning, Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, a discourse on burial customs, and The Garden of Cyrus, a fantastic account of horticulture.