Bob Blair • Link
Sir Thomas Browne's "Religion of a Doctor" (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/browne/medici.…) was a "best seller" when it appeared in 1643. Within two years it was on the Vatican Index. The spirit of the work is captured in its opening lines:
"For my religion, though there be several circumstances that might persuade the world I have none at all,--as the general scandal of my profession,--the natural course of my studies,--the indifferency of my behaviour and discourse in matters of religion (neither violently defending one, nor with that common ardour and contention opposing another),-- yet, in despite hereof, I dare without usurpation assume the honourable style of a Christian."
The substance of the objections to _Religion Medici_ were that it substituted wit for religion. A thorough analysis, which expresses opinions that Pepys probably shared, was written by Sir Kenhelm Digby: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/relmed/observations.…
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