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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All the great motions in it are caused by some immaterial Power which
perpetually exerts itself in every part of the world , and this “ preserving and
governing Power gives a very noble Idea of PROVIDENCE " ( 92 : 94 - 95 ) .
Gravity cannot be ...
Whereas this Power of Gravitation acts at all Distances , without any Medium or
Instrument for the Conveyance of it , and passes as far as the 5 Limits of the
Universe . Matter is indeed entirely passive , and can ' t or be remitted ; but
These unintelligible Beings are derogatory from the Wisdom and Power of the
Great GOD , who can easily govern the Machine He could create , by more direct
Methods than employing such subservient Divinities ; and indeed these Beings ...
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