Date: Tue Jun 24 2003 - 20:52:24 EDT
In a message dated 6/24/03 8:14:28 AM Mountain Standard Time,
<< I think these answer entirely or partially all of Howard's questions except
the first one. As for that one, the answer is all over the place in the
concordist tradition since Bacon and Galileo in the early 17th century.
"Obviously," they would have told Howard, "the book of nature and the book
of scripture have the same author. Therefore they must agree, when rightly
interpreted." Indeed, although I am not a concordist myself, I think this
is probably the *strongest* reason one can give in support of *any* general
attitude/approach toward science and theology--namely, ,the assumption that
truth is one and has a single ultimate source.
Perhaps this has been answered before on the list, but when was the "two
books" analogy first used? As Ted points out, it's obviously in Bacon and Galileo
but did it originate in late medieval or early modern Scholasticism? What
were the historical/theological circumstances that prompted its introduction?
Are there patristic sources?
Karl V. Evans
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