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God's Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science [Hardcover]

By Kenneth J. Howell (Author)
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Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 6, 2004
Publisher   University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN  0268010455  
EAN  9780268010454  

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In God's Two Books, Kenneth Howell offers a historical analysis of how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century astronomers and theologians in Northern Protestant Europe used science and religion to challenge and support one another. Howell reveals that the cosmological schemes developed during this era remain monumental solutions to the enduring problem of how theological interpretation and empirical investigation interact with one another.

God's Two Books reshapes our understanding of the interaction of cosmological thought and biblical interpretation in the emerging astronomy of the Scientific Revolution by analyzing new texts and offering interpretations that cast old materials in a new light.

The central argument of this compelling book is that the use of the Bible in early modern cosmology is considerably more complex and subtle than has previously been recognized. Drawing on the writings of Lutheran and Calvinist astronomers, natural philosophers, and theologians, Howell analyzes several underlying patterns of interpretation which affected how these historical figures viewed the mutual interaction of the books of nature and Scripture. He argues that while they differed on how the disciplines of astronomy, physics, and theology should relate to one another, most thinkers shared the common goal of finding and explaining the true system of the universe.

Howell introduces the notion of a convergent realism to describe Protestant intellectuals' approach to incorporating empirical and theological perspectives into a holistic version of the universe. They believed the sacred page was relevant to cosmology but denied that the Bible had scientific content. At the same time, these thinkersargued that the theological truths expressed in the Bible were interwoven into nature in subtle, yet revealing, ways. Their resulting interpretations show continuity with Catholic thinkers and discard oversimplifications such as literal versus figurative hermeneutics or Copernican versus anti-Copernican cosmologies.

Among Howell's many original contributions in this cogent study is a distinctive approach to Kepler's exegesis of nature and an introduction to the debate of many Calvinist thinkers who have previously received little attention.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Howell is the Director of the John Henry Newman Institute of Catholic Thought and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Kenneth J. Howell currently resides in Champaign-Urbana, in the state of Illinois.

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God's Two Books  Apr 4, 2004
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A fascinating treatise, meticulously researched  Apr 11, 2002
God's Two Books: Copernican Cosmology And Biblical Interpretation In Early Modern Science by Kenneth J. Howell (Director of the John Henry Newman Institute of Catholic Thought and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) is a compelling, scholarly study of the upset that cosmic scientific discoveries had upon theological views starting in the 16th and 17th centuries. In an attempt to reconcile seemingly widely disparate views, God's Two Books introduces the idea of "convergent realism" to incorporate both empirical and theological points of view into a holistic understanding of the universe. A fascinating treatise, meticulously researched in its science, its history, and its scripture, God's Two Books is strongly recommended reading for those who have found their minds divided between disparate extremes in the question of universal origin and cosmological future.

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