The Christian Philosopher: A Collection

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Kessinger Publishing, May 1, 2006 - Religion - 316 pages
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Published in 1721 by the prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather (1663-1728), The Christian Philosopher was the first comprehensive book on science to be written by an American. Building on natural theology, Mather demonstrated the harmony between religion and the new science associated with Sir Isaac Newton. His survey of all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy presented evidence that both celestial and terrestrial phenomema 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 affirms Mather's importance to American thought as a deeply religious intellectual who introduced the Enlightenment to America.

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In this lengthy study, originally published in 1721, Mather (1633-1728) examined Scripture and nature-the two great books of God-in order to show that the new science of Newton and his contemporaries ... Read full review

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Cotton Mather (1663-1728), trained at Harvard and ordained in 1685, was a Puritan pastor and scholar at Boston.

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