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Medicine, science, and religion in historical context.
Physico-theology: religion and science in Europe, 1650-1750 / edited by Ann Blair and Kaspar von Greyerz. — 1 online resource. — (Medicine, science, and religion in historical context). — <URL:>.

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Subject: Religion and science — History; Religion and science — History; Religion and science.

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"Physico-theology is a term for the innovative currents of thought in England and Europe that emphasized the religious value of the new sciences and philosophies after 1650. This term is central to the relations between science and religion during the intellectual transition from early modern to modern. This edited volume is the first publication in which experts from multiple national perspectives address the interactions of physico-theology and natural theology in England and on the Continent"--.

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Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Terms and Purview of Physico-theology
    • 1. Was Physico-theology Bad Theology and Bad Science?
    • 2. What’s in a Name? “Physico-theology” in Seventeenth-Century England
    • 3. The Form of a Flower
  • Part II. National Traditions
    • 4. What Was Physico-theology For?
    • 5. Physico-theology in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic: The Case of Willem Goeree (1635–1711)
    • 6. Back to the Roots? J. A. Fabricius’s “Register of Ancient and Modern Writers” of 1728
  • Part III. Styles of Religiosity
    • 7. Miracles, Secrets, and Wonders: Jakob Horst and Christian Natural Philosophy in German Protestantism before 1650
    • 8. “Rather Theological than Philosophical”: John Ray’s Seminal Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation
    • 9. Matters of Belief and Belief That Matters: German Physico-theology, Protestantism, and the Materialized Word of God in Nature
    • 10. Pascal’s Rejection of Natural Theology: The Case of the Port-Royal Edition of the Pensées
  • Part IV. Engagement with the New Science
    • 11. Physico-theology or Biblical Physics? The Biblical Focus of the Early Physico-theologians
    • 12. Maxima in minimis animalibus: Insects in Natural Theology and Physico-theology
    • 13. What Abbé Pluche Owed to Early Modern Physico-theologians
    • 14. Antonio Vallisneri between Faith and Flood
  • Part V. Aesthetic Sensibilities
    • 15. A Language for the Eye: Evidence within the Text and Evidence as Text in German Physico-theological Literature
    • 16. A Hybrid Physico-theology: The Case of the Swiss Confederation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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