The Christian Philosopher
University of Illinois Press, 1994 - 488 страница
The prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather published The Christian Philosopher in 1721, eight years after he had been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. The first comprehensive book on science written by an American, it was intended to demonstrate the harmony between science and religion. Mather surveyed all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy. He presented evidence that both celestial and terrestrial phenomena imply an intelligent designer. Winton Solberg's introduction places Mather's treatise in its widest historical context. In addition to tracing the origins and sources of Mather's work, Solberg analyzes the book's contents, its reception, and its significance in American intellectual and cultural history. This edition returns Mather to his rightful place in American thought, as a deeply religious intellectual whose warm reception of the new science helped bridge the gap between the medieval worldview and the scientific revolution of Copernicus and Newton.
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Samuel Mather , Cotton Mather , pp . 6 , 7 . 8 . Cotton Mather , Paterna , p . 7 ;
idem , Corderius Americanus : An Essay upon the Good Education of Children . .
. in a Funeral Sermon upon Mr . Ezekiel Cheever ( Boston , 1708 ) , pp . 21 - 33 .
20 . Levin , Cotton Mather , pp . 66 – 70 , 80 - 82 ; Silverman , Cotton Mather , pp .
56 - 57 . 21 . The paragraphs on political affairs draw on John Gorham Palfrey ,
History of New England , 5 vols . ( Boston , 1865 - 90 ) , vol . 3 , esp . chaps .
The bound materials are largely unpaginated , but materials can be located by
biblical versification . For the quotation , see the commentary on Genesis 1 . 35 .
See the commentary on Genesis ; see also Theodore Hornberger , “ Cotton
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