“Exhort all your household often that all those who serve you shall know to serve God and you, faithfully and painstakingly, and for the will of God to prefer in all things to do your will and pleasure in all things that are not against God.”
Robert Grosseteste was a highly influential person in England in the thirteenth century. Grosseteste studied philosophy, theology, and science. He is credited with playing a key role in developing our modern scientific method, including the practice of controlled experiments.
Grosseteste studied at the University of Oxford and then taught there for several years. Grosseteste’s interest in science led him to advocate for the teaching of science in education.
Grosseteste wrote a commentary on the "Physics" of Aristotle, and some of his other works consisted of topics such as meteorology, light, color, and optics. Grosseteste was very intrigued by light. Grosseteste stated that God created light in first matter, the most basic and simple form of matter. Grosseteste believed that the infinite multiplication of light could create a finite, physical item. Grosseteste claimed that this was the process by which God formed the universe.
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While Grosseteste was at Oxford, he became involved with the Franciscans, a religious order of the Catholic church, and lectured them on theology. Grosseteste worked with the Franciscans very closely and taught them a love for learning, as well as expanded their efforts for evangelism.
Grosseteste recognized God in all that he did, and he was a very influential man of faith. He once stated, “Exhort all your household often that all those who serve you shall know to serve God and you, faithfully and painstakingly, and for the will of God to prefer in all things to do your will and pleasure in all things that are not against God.”
Bishop Robert Grosseteste
A 19th-century portrait of Robert Grosseteste in stained glass
Portrait Robert Grosseteste
Portrait of Robert Grosseteste, 14th century
Grosseteste's Tomb and Chapel in Lincoln Cathedral