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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Here Newton described the world system in mechanical and mathematical terms
: physical nature is a machine , but the mathematical order evident in the world
implies a designer . Secondary causes do not explain the universe sufficiently ; a
Where is the Enquirer of this World ? Jerome ' s Version favours it . 291 Now of
these Gentlemen it is reported , that they denied the Existence of superior
Intelligences ; our Christian Philosopher will not 70 be guilty of such a Stupidity .
We are ...
304 Indeed from every thing in the World there is this Voice more audible than
the loudest 70 Thunder to us ; God hath spoken , 305 and these two things have I
heard ! First , Believe and adore a glorious GOD , who has made all these Things
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