By Michael Martin
All of the figures tested during this study-John Dee, John Donne, Sir Kenelm Digby, Henry and Thomas Vaughan, and Jane Lead-is enthusiastic about the ways that God should be approached or skilled. Michael Martin analyzes the ways that the come upon with God is figured between those early glossy writers who inhabit the shared cultural area of poets and preachers, mystics and scientists. the 3 major topics that tell this examine are Cura animarum, the care of souls, and the decreased position of non secular course in post-Reformation non secular existence; the increase of clinical rationality; and the fight opposed to the disappearance of the Holy. coming up from the equipment and commitments of phenomenology, the first mode of inquiry of this learn is living in contemplation, no longer in a non secular experience, yet within the realm of notion, attendance, and attractiveness. Martin portrays figures similar to Dee, Digby, and Thomas Vaughan no longer the eccentrics they can be depicted to were, yet particularly as partaking in a spiritual mainstream that have been substantially altered by way of the disappearance of any type of vital or normal non secular course, an issue which was once extra complex and exacerbated by way of the increase of technological know-how. therefore this research contributes to a reconfiguration of our thought of what 'religious orthodoxy' particularly intended in the course of the interval, and calls into query our personal assumptions approximately what's (or was once) 'orthodox' and what 'heterodox.'