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The Christian philosopher

Author: Cotton Mather; Winton U Solberg
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather published The Christian Philosopher in 1721, eight years after he had been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. The first comprehensive book on science written by an American, it was intended to demonstrate the harmony between science and religion. Mather surveyed all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy. He presented evidence that
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cotton Mather; Winton U Solberg
ISBN: 0252019520 9780252019524
OCLC Number: 26632153
Description: cxlii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Introduction --
The Christian Philosopher in context --
Cotton Mather --
The origins of the Christian Philosopher --
The sources of the Christian Philosopher --
The contents of the Christian Philosopher --
The reception of the Christian Philosopher --
The significance of the Christian Philosopher --
II. The Christian philosopher --
Of the light --
Of the stars --
Of the fixed stars --
Of the sun --
Of Saturn --
Of Jupiter --
Of Mars --
Of Venus --
Of Mercury --
Of comets --
Of heat --
Of the moon --
Of the rain --
Of the rainbow --
Of the snow --
Of the hail --
Of the thunder and lightning --
Of the air --
Of the wind --
Of the cold --
Of the terraqueous globe --
Of gravity --
Of the water --
Of the earth --
Of magnetism --
Of minerals --
Of the vegetables --
Of insects --
Of reptiles --
Of the fishes --
Of the feathered --
Of the four-footed --
Of man.
Responsibility: Cotton Mather ; edited, with an introduction and notes, by Winton U. Solberg.

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The prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather published The Christian Philosopher in 1721, eight years after he had been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. The first comprehensive book on science written by an American, it was intended to demonstrate the harmony between science and religion. Mather surveyed all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy. He presented evidence that both celestial and terrestrial phenomena 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 returns Mather to his rightful place in American thought, as a deeply religious intellectual whose warm reception of the new science helped bridge the gap between the medieval worldview and the scientific revolution of Copernicus and Newton.

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