The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science

The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science

by Peter Harrison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521591961

ISBN-13: 9780521591966

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Peter Harrison examines the role played by the Bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the Bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. The rise of modern science is linked to the Protestant approach to texts, an approach that

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Peter Harrison examines the role played by the Bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the Bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. The rise of modern science is linked to the Protestant approach to texts, an approach that spelled an end to the symbolic world of the Middle Ages, and established the conditions for the scientific investigation and technological exploitation of nature.

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ISBN-13:
9780521591966
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Worlds visible and invisible; 2. Sensible signs and spoken words; 3. The two reformations; 4. Re-reading the two books; 5. The purpose of nature; 6. Eden restored; Conclusion; References; Index.

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