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Opus Majus

circa 1267

Why is it canonical?

Franciscan friar Roger Bacon was one of Europe's first and most influential scientists, and Opus Majis was his most significant work. Discussing topics ranging from the relationship between philosophy and theology to optics to the first western documentation of the recipe for gunpower, Bacon was a strong believer in an experimental approach to understanding the world. Nonetheless, he remained a committed Catholic, was written with the intention of advancing the church in a manner that made it better prepared to weather innovations and threats from outside it.

Creators

Roger Bacon

Locations

England

Languages

Latin

Periods

Scholasticism

Images and Videos

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Opus Majus title page

Resources

Full text, Opus Majus (1900 edition in English)