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The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science [Hardcover]

By Peter Harrison (Author)
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Peter Harrison provides a new account of the religious foundations of scientific knowledge. He shows how the new approaches to the study of nature that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were directly informed by theological discussions about the Fall of Man and the extent to which the mind and the senses had been damaged by that primeval event. Scientific methods, he suggests, were originally devised as techniques for ameliorating the cognitive damage wrought by human sin. At its inception, modern science was conceptualized as a means of recapturing the knowledge of nature that Adam had once possessed. Contrary to a widespread view which sees science emerging in conflict with religion, Harrison argues that theological considerations were of vital importance in the framing of the new scientific method.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.04"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521875595  
ISBN13  9780521875592  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Harrison is professor of the history of science and an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He is the author of numerous books, including The Fall of Man and Foundations of Science, and is the coeditor, with Ronald L. Numbers and Michael H. Shank, of Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
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Game Changer  Apr 25, 2009
The book sets out a very bold thesis about how the religious doctrines of sin from Augustine, Luther, and Calvin shaped early modern science.
At the heart of this thesis is that the scientific contributions of Protestants influenced by the Calvinistic idea of human nature (e.g., Francis Bacon) created early modern science.

The book also looks at possibly confusing historical figures and their schools of thought. For example, Harrison states that some Protestants reverted to a non-Calvinistic theory (book gives them the controversial name of "scholastic protestants") of man that is essentially the medieval RCC (Roman Catholic Church) view while some members of the RCC (e.g., Jansenists like Pascal) adopted a near Calvinistic idea of human nature.

Anyway, this book's thesis has the potential to change how the Anglo-American academy values and weighs the importance of a Calvinistic Christian world view, especially a Calvinistic view of human nature.
History of Religion  Jun 13, 2008
This is an excellent text. It is a scholarly look at the history of religion in view of scientific progress. While it has a philosophical tendency, this book maintains an objective perspective of the need for change in the historical evolution of monotheism.

The high quality of English in this rather academic work could put it into the category of 'difficult reading' for the marginally illiterate.

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