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The New Atlantis Essay

  • Submitted by: rlanza1
  • on December 4, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,623 words

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In   Francis Bacons understanding of utopia, The New Atlantis, themes of religion, science, and politics are not only presented, but intertwined. Francis Bacon lived in a time where religion and politics had major influences on each other and he himself was even an acclaimed Calvinist. Yet, Bacons theories on the importance of nature in the quest for true knowledge seem to belittle the purpose of a religion in society alongside science, which he believed was the correct instrument to systematically bend and conquer nature to mans will.   Although science takes the leading role in Bensalem there is hard evidence that supports the fact that religion is necessary for society.  
The New Atlantis begins with a description of a ship lost at sea. The crew "lift up their hearts and voices to God above, who showeth his wonders in the deep, beseeching him of his mercy" (Bacon, 37). Upon spying land and natives the sailors praise God. Here Bacon immediately introduces religion through the sailors by acknowledging their prayers and by providing an answer shortly after. The sailors prayers are answered, which they give thanks for, then they offer a description of the unknown land, “we entered into a good haven, being the port of a fair city; not great indeed, but well built, and that gave a pleasant view from the sea” (Bacon, 38).
Bacon depicts the city as one of little glory, but that is fair and well built with a pleasant view. Instead of endowing the city with an spectacular appearance, he allows the city to be viewed as a mediocre one at best. When a boarding party arrives a greeter delivers a message written on scrolls of parchment. The parchment is "signed with a stamp of cherubins' wings... and by them a cross" (Bacon, 39). To the sailors, the cross was "a great rejoicing, and as it were a certain presage of good" (Bacon, 39). The sailors represent the rest of the world that is unconnected from Bensalem, so they hold the worlds general views. Obviously religion is...

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