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Abhorrence Of ‘God’ In The Introduction Of Copernicanism Into Japan

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This chapter examines French and Dutch originals of heliocentric theory. While the original French edition only provides explanations for charts, the Dutch edition incorporates a number of revisions. It also has at its beginning some additional elementary accounts of such matters as the earth, the heliocentric system, constellations, longitude and latitude and other astronomical subjects, wind and geography, the history of astronomy and geography, the use of the compass. The Dutch original gave a brief history of astronomy up to the time of Copernicus and then proceeds to present the discussion involving Biblical issues caused by Copernican theory. The Nagasaki manuscript translated the historical account up to Copernicus. It was in this connection that the name of Copernicus and the information that Copernicus' heliocentricism is now generally accepted among Western scholars appeared for the first time in Japanese literature. However, the translator left out all the theological argumentation.

Keywords: Copernican theory; heliocentric system; Japanese literature; Nagasaki manuscript



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