18 July: Laudato Si’ in a small way, Tercentenary of Gilbert White

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July’s calendar filled up before we realised that Gilbert White’s 300th birthday falls today. We had been preparing posts for next month and that’s when they will appear. Today we offer you some thought from John Hodgson of the University of Manchester who has curated an exhibition that will be appearing on line. Follow the link for Dr Hodgson’s first post which includes a sample of White’s handwriting, an introduction to the Natural History of Selborne, and this illustration by Eric Ravilious from The Writings of Gilbert White of Selborne (London: Nonesuch Press, 1938),

Why ‘Laudato Si’? White saw no opposition between Christianity and scientific enquiry, quite the opposite. He was the Anglican curate of his home village and worked at Natural History to discover more of God’s creation.

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