01. Orbis Tertius | 5. The horizon of our concerns | c. The spheres are in commotion v.

v. Francis Bacon (whose “Baconian method” was an influence on Thomas Browne’s own scientific endeavours) laid out a utopian vision for the New World in his New Atlantis (1627). The novel describes a society on a fictional island in the Pacific where there is freedom of religion and a citizenry displaying “generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit”. The novel is regarded by the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis as having inspired the setting sail of a colony of Rosicrucian mystics, led by German Pietist and end-timer Johannes Kelpius, for Pennsylvania in the late seventeenth century.

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