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Reading the Book of Nature through American Lenses

Ronald L. Numbers

in Science and Christianity in Pulpit and Pew

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195320374
eISBN:
9780199851379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320374.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter illustrates how the popular metaphor of God's two books, nature and the Bible, assisted many Christians in reconciling the findings of science with biblical accounts of the past. For ... More


Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Michael Munowitz

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts, but especially for those looking to appreciate the power and beauty of physics without having to grapple with the ... More


The Supplemental Economy of Galileo's Book of Nature

in Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226045610
eISBN:
9780226045634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226045634.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Although the understanding of nature remained exceedingly complex and laborious, it was not a hermeneutical process. Since the late medieval period, nature had been represented as a book which, like ... More


Setting the Scene

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhagavata Purana and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199641543
eISBN:
9780191732232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religious Studies

Introduces the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and its commentarial tradition as seen within the context of traditional Indian thought and modern Indological studies, highlighting the specific theological and ... More


Humanity: “Art is the Mediatress, the Reconciliator of Man and Nature”

Samantha C. Harvey

in Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748681365
eISBN:
9780748693887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 5, “Humanity: ‘Art is the Mediatress, the Reconciliator of Man and Nature,’” reveals Emerson's interest in Coleridge's literary criticism. Although Coleridge and Emerson were committed to ... More


“Diuerse siȝtes”: Encyclopedism and Interpretation in Piers Plowman

Rebecca Davis

in Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198778400
eISBN:
9780191823831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778400.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reads the narrator’s quest for “kynde knowynge” in the context of contemporary discourses on the value of the natural world as a site for knowledge. In his efforts to discover truth ... More


The Book I: Manuscript

Thomas Nail

in Being and Motion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190908904
eISBN:
9780190908942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190908904.003.0031
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter argues that medieval and early modern ontological descriptions made use of a new material technology of inscription with the same tensional regime: the book. Without assuming any direct ... More


Introduction: The World as a Book

Peter Auger

in Du Bartas' Legacy in England and Scotland

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198827818
eISBN:
9780191866524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827818.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

Du Bartas’ poems are about how the world was made, and how we make sense of the world. In praising the creative powers of God, his works advocate a Protestant poetics that denigrates human creativity ... More


The Book II: Printing Press

Thomas Nail

in Being and Motion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190908904
eISBN:
9780190908942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190908904.003.0032
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

The argument of this chapter is that while the printing press undoubtedly introduced several novelties into graphic and social circulation, it was not the bringer of a radically new kinographic ... More


Centrifugal Forces

Robin B. Barnes

in Astrology and Reformation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199736058
eISBN:
9780190250096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736058.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

By the end of the sixteenth century, the synthesis of popular astrology and evangelical teaching was showing signs of strain. After 1600, a growing crisis of piety divided evangelicals of a more ... More


Reading as a Journey

Cillian O’Hogan

in Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198749226
eISBN:
9780191813412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749226.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

An examination of the idea of the book of nature and related ideas about the world as text (and texts as navigable spaces) in late antiquity. These are related to broader Christian ideas about the ... More


Finis: Synagoga et Ecclesia

J. M. F. Heath

in Paul's Visual Piety: The Metamorphosis of the Beholder

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199664146
eISBN:
9780191748455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664146.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Early Christian Studies

To draw this study to a close, this chapter considers how central arguments of the book are reflected in the tradition of the Christian artistic motif, Synagoga et Ecclesia. This image draws on many ... More


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