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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rules the physical universe by both first and secondary causes . ... Hence the
medieval worldview encouraged belief in the supernatural and acceptance of the
physical creation as a world of wonders , events that demonstrated the power of ...
He conveys a marvelous sense of excitement over discoveries that demonstrate
the secondary causes by which God operates in the physical universe . He
makes The Christian Philosopher a repository of empirical data supporting a
636 – c . 546 B . C . ) , whom Aristotle regarded as the founder of physical
science . He looked for a physical rather than mythological understanding of the
world . Thales was universally accounted as one of the Seven Sages . 4 . Jude
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