Oracles of the Cosmos
Paul Richard Blum

Oracles of the Cosmos

Between Pantheism and Secularism

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The divide between science and religion has its roots in the early modern period. In the first part, the popular talk of oracles of reason is traced back to the ancient oracles published in the 15th century, and it is shown how this led to the emergence of a “natural” theology that does without revelation, so that eventually reference to a divine creator seems superfluous. In the second part, using the concept of the cosmos, it is shown that mathematics, especially geometry, has been part of the theological interpretation of Creation since the Middle Ages. From this developed the concept of transcendence as rooted in human thought. Therefore, cosmos, creation, and humanity, which are mutually exclusive, form a unity of complementary elements.

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Seitenanzahl 102 arabisch
Abbildungen 5 s/w
Format 22.4 x 15.7 cm
Bindung Buch, Gebunden
ISBN 978-3-7965-4546-7
Erscheinungsdatum 11.04.2022


Paul Richard Blum is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, USA) and currently researcher at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic). His publications cover mainly Renaissance philosophy, including most recently the edition of Gasparo Contarini’s book on the immortality of the soul.