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The Religious Philosopher

The Religious Philosopher
Or, The Right Use of Contemplating the Works of the Creator
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108077514

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  • Originally published in Dutch in 1715, this two-volume work by the philosopher and theologian Bernard Nieuwentyt (1654–1718) is reissued here in the 1724 third edition of the English translation by John Chamberlayne (1668/9–1723). The book seeks to persuade both Christians and atheists that scientific examination of the natural world is compatible with religious belief. According to Chamberlayne, Nieuwentyt published this illustrated work to 'magnify the Wisdom and Goodness of God' while challenging those who did not see proof of the divine in nature. The work is known to have influenced the natural theology of the English philosopher William Paley (1743–1805), whose famous analogy of the watchmaker is believed to have been taken directly from Nieuwentyt. Arguing against the rationalist philosophy of Spinoza, Volume 1 defends natural theology and presents a series of detailed empirical 'contemplations' which are then continued in Volume 2.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108077514
    • length: 722 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: The introduction
    1. Of the vanity of all worldly things
    2. Of all that is visible, and of our selves in particular
    3. Of some particulars in the mouth
    4. Of the throat, stomach, and bowels
    5. Of the venae lacteae, and ductus chylicus
    6. Of the heart
    7. Of respiration
    8. Of the structure of the veins
    9. Of the nerves, and briefly of the lymphatick vessels, glands, and membranes
    10. Of the muscles
    11. Of the bones
    12. Of the sight
    13. Of the hearing
    14. Of the senses of tasting, smelling and feeling
    15. Of the union of the soul and body, of the imagination and memory
    16. Of the humane passions or inclinations, and briefly of procreation
    17. Of the air
    18. Of meteors. Volume 2:
    19. Of water
    20. Of the earth
    21. Of fire
    22. Of beasts, fowls, and fishes
    23. Of plants
    24. Of the visible heavens
    25. Of the unspeakable number, and unconceivable smallness of the particles of which the universe consists
    26. Of certain laws of nature
    27. Of some chymical laws of nature
    28. Of the possibility of the resurrection
    29. Of the unknown things.

  • Author

    Bernard Nieuwentyt


    John Chamberlayne

    Preface by

    J. T. Desaguliers

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