The Book of Nature in Early Modern and Modern History

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Klaas van Berkel, Arie Johan Vanderjagt, Arjo Vanderjagt
Peeters Publishers, 2006 - 336 pàgines
From 22-25 May, 2002, the University of Groningen hosted an international conference on 'The Book of Nature. Continuity and change in European and American attitudes towards the natural world'. From Antiquity down to our own time, theologians, philosophers and scientists have often compared nature to a book, which might, under the right circumstances, be read and interpreted in order to come closer to the 'Author' of nature, God. The 'reading' of this book was not regarded as mere idle curiosity, but it was seen as leading to a deeper understanding of God's wisdom and power, and it culturally legitimated and promoted a positive attitude towards nature and its study. A selection of the papers which were delivered at the conference has been edited in two volumes. The first book was published as The Book of Nature in Antiquity and the Middle Ages; this second volume is devoted to the history of that concept after the Middle Ages.
 

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The Mathematical Characters of Galileos Book of Nature
27
Reading the Book of Nature in the SeventeenthCentury Dutch Republic
45
George Berkeleys Universal Language of Nature
69
Nature in Defense of Scripture PhysicoTheology and Experimental
83
The Law of Nature is a Lamp unto your Feet Frederik Adolf van
97
Sermons in Stone Johann Jacob Scheuchzers Concept of the Book
111
Childrens Walks in the Book of Nature The Reception
141
The Word and the Works Concordism in American Evangelical
195
Reading the fine print in the Catskills John Burroughs Reinterprets
209
The Moral Significance of Lifes Splendid Drama From Natural
227
Improving Nature Victor Westhoff and Dutch Nature Conservation
243
Reading the Book of Nature through American Lenses
261
Comets Necessity and Nature
275
Bibliography
299
Index
329

Deus sive Natura J G Herders Romanticised Reading
155
Reading Nature in the Light of Scripture The case
181

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