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Introduction. Intersections of Science, Theology, Philology, and Political and Religious Education

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book, which explores the fascinating alterity of early modern zoology by focusing on theology and philology, and their interplay with other methods of early modern knowledge production. Theology and philology certainly belong to the most important alterity aspects of early modern zoology. The very foundation of modern zoology, evolutionary theory, excludes all religious worldviews that are based on the assumption of a single creatio ex nihilo of the species by a godly creator. Evolutionary theory demonstrates that the species presently living have evolved during an evolutionary process of hundreds of millions of years, which has caused all kinds of adaptations; life once started from amoebas, and it has slowly developed into the most complex organisms, the mammals, with man as the highest developed species at the top of the pyramid of evolution.

Keywords: creatio ex nihilo; early modern zoology; philology; theology



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