Suggest any of Simon Winchester's work on geology/history/biography. In the Map That Changed the World he tells the story of William Smith, the true father of Geology. In Smith's England during the 1740's, collecting fossils was all the rage with the gentry - keeping them in China closets as "relics of the Flood." It helps to develop that perspective and think about how the Wesley brothers and others were opening new doors in the understanding of our relationship with God at about the same time and place.
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