Creational Theology and the History of Physical Science: The Creationist Tradition from Basil to Bohr

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BRILL, 1997 - Science - 449 pages
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This volume documents the role of creational theology in discussions of natural philosophy, medicine and technology from the Hellenistic period to the early twentieth century. Four principal themes are the comprehensibility of the world, the unity of heaven and earth, the relative autonomy of nature, and the ministry of healing. Successive chapters focus on Greco-Roman science, medieval Aristotelianism, early modern science, the heritage of Isaac Newton, and post-Newtonian mechanics. The volume will interest historians of science and historians of the idea of creation. It simultaneously details the persistence of tradition and the emergence of modernity and provides the historical background for later discussions of creation and evolution.
  

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Contents

Introduction
11
The Medieval Church and Aristotelian Science
84
Renaissance Reformation and Early Modern
134
The Heritage of Isaac Newton From Natural Theology
252
The Creationist Tradition and the Emergence
352
The Mechanical Philosophy Restated and Formalised
366
Retrospect and Prospect
400
Bibliography
408
Indices
440
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Christopher B. Kaiser, Ph.D. (1968) in Astrogeophysics, University of Colorado, and (1974) in Theology, University of Edinburgh, is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. He has published extensively in theology and science.

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