On the Parson-Naturalist

On this episode, we discuss the parson-naturalists. What caused parish parsons to study the natural world and become leaders in science, especially in the post-Reformation era? What responsibilities, habits, proclivities, and privileges afforded them the opportunity to make such remarkable advancements in the sciences? And how come we seem to have forgotten about them today?



  • The Rev. Barton Gingerich
  • The Ven. Henry Jansma