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

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

by Christopher B. Kaiser
     
 

This volume documents the role of creational theology in the history of science from Hellenistic times to the early twentieth century. The broad historical sweep demonstrates both the persistence of tradition and the gradual emergence of modernity in natural philosophy.See more details below

Overview

This volume documents the role of creational theology in the history of science from Hellenistic times to the early twentieth century. The broad historical sweep demonstrates both the persistence of tradition and the gradual emergence of modernity in natural philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004106697
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Studies in the History of Christian Traditions Series, #78
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.39(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Early Church and Greco-Roman Science (Through the Twelfth Century A.D.)13
ABackground: From Intertestamental Judaism to Basil of Caesarea13
BThe Creationist Tradition: Comprehensibility of the World21
CThe Creationist Tradition: Unity of Heaven and Earth27
DThe Creationist Tradition: Relative Autonomy of Nature32
EThe Creationist Tradition: Ministry of Healing and Restoration60
Ch. 2The Medieval Church and Aristotelian Science (Thirteenth Century to the Fifteenth Century)84
AThe Reception of Aristotelian Science84
BThe Impact of Aristotelian Science on Scholastic Theology88
CThe Influence of Medieval Theology on Natural Science112
Ch. 3Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern Science (Fifteenth Century through the Seventeenth Century)134
ARenaissance Science through Copernicus and Paracelsus134
BRenaissance Science and Reformation Theology through Kepler and Bacon162
CThe Seventeenth Century: Spiritualist, Mechanist, and Platonic Traditions through Leibniz, Boyle, and Newton199
Ch. 4The Heritage of Isaac Newton: From Natural Theology to Naturalism (The Eighteenth Century)252
AThe Newtonian Tradition from Newton to Hutton252
BPost-Newtonian Materialists295
CBritish and American Anti-Newtonians319
DPost-Newtonian Cosmogonists and Neo-Mechanists335
Ch. 5The Creationist Tradition and the Emergence of Post-Newtonian Mechanics (Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries)352
AThe Nineteenth-Century Context352
BThe Mechanical Philosophy Challenged (Oersted, Davy, and Faraday)357
CThe Mechanical Philosophy Restated and Formalised (Whewell, Joule and Kelvin)366
DThe Mechanical Philosophy Generalised (Maxwell)379
EConclusion: The Contribution of the Creationist Tradition to Twentieth-Century Physics (Einstein and Bohr)388
Retrospect and Prospect400
Bibliography408
Indices440

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