Book ID: CBB290088360

Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking: From Eriugena to Emerson (2020)


Otten, Willemien (Author)

Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 312
Language: English

A fresh and more capacious reading of the Western religious tradition on nature and creation, Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking puts medieval Irish theologian John Scottus Eriugena (810–877) into conversation with American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882). Challenging the biblical stewardship model of nature and histories of nature and religion that pit orthodoxy against the heresy of pantheism, Willemien Otten reveals a line of thought that has long made room for nature's agency as the coworker of God. Embracing in this more elusive idea of nature in a world beset by environmental crisis, she suggests, will allow us to see nature not as a victim but as an ally in a common quest for re-attunement to the divine. Putting its protagonists into further dialogue with such classic authors as Augustine, Maximus the Confessor, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and William James, her study deconstructs the idea of pantheism and paves the way for a new natural theology.

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Roberts, Michael B.
McGrath, Alister E.
Brown, C. Mackenzie
Gierer, Alfred
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
Kutschera, Ulrich
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Latomus: Revue d'Études Latines
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft
Greenwood Press
University of North Carolina Press
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Science and religion
Natural theology
Intelligent design (teleology)
Augustine, Saint
al-Kindī, Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqub ibn Isḥāq
Cusanus, Nicolaus
Erigena, Johannes Scotus
Buckland, William
Behe, Michael
United States
Great Britain
20th century
19th century
9th century
18th century

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