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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constitutional foundation as long as the Puritans remained in power in England .
Relations with the mother country began to change about the time of Cotton ' s
birth , however , when the Restoration brought Charles II to the throne . The new
Mather ' s treatise is an American version of the physicotheological literature that
enjoyed great popularity in England around the turn of the eighteenth century .
Physicotheology is a branch of natural theology that seeks to prove the existence
This work offered the first systematic descriptions and figures of spiders , snails ,
and fossils in England . He published a translation of Johannes Goedartius ' s De
insectis entitled Johannes Godartius of Insects . Done into English , and ...
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In this lengthy study, originally published in 1721, Mather (1633-1728) examined Scripture and nature-the two great books of God-in order to show that the new science of Newton and his contemporaries ... Прочитајте целу рецензију
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