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Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici'

an Appreciation

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Author: Alexander Whyte
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,515 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52
LoC Categories: Q, BS
Downloads: 653
Added to site: 2005.07.26
mnybks.net#: 10773
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Science, Religion
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Religio Medici honestly and easily believing that, and glad to have such a secret and sincere and devout book in his hand,--it is only he who will truly enjoy the book, and who will gather the same gain out of it that its author enjoyed and gained out of it himself. In short, the properly prepared and absolutely ingenuous reader of the Religio Medici must be a second Thomas Browne himself.

'I am a medical man,' says Sir Thomas, in introducing himself to us, 'and this is my religion. I am a physician, and this is my faith, and my morals, and my whole true and proper life. The scandal of my profession, the natural course of my studies, and the indifference of my behaviour and discourse in matters of religion, might persuade the world that I had no religion at all. And yet, in despite of all that, I dare, without usurpation, assume the honourable style of a Christian.' And if ever any man was a truly catholic Christian, it was surely Sir Thomas Browne. He does not unchurch or ostracise

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