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The Interpretation Of The Book Of Nature Down To Around 1660

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The Book of Nature, as orthodox Protestants understood it was embedded, as it were, in the Book of Grace: both went back to the Word of God. The book of Genesis described how each of the days of the Creation followed a divine utterance: 'and God said, Let there be light: and there was light. The Creation is often presented in the Bible as a witness-and one endowed with speech. Reformed orthodoxy had it that the Book of Nature had to be understood on the basis of the Holy Scripture. The consequence of this tendency was that a plurality of opinions were proclaimed, usually within the very ample margins of Aristotelianism. The authority of the classics, however, was no longer taken for granted by everybody. The majority of Dutch theologians, natural philosophers and other scholars nevertheless continued to take part in the discussion of the Book of Nature.

Keywords: Aristotelianism; book of Genesis; Book of Nature; Dutch theologians; Holy Scripture



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