William Paley Natural Theology

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Natural Theology

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9780615826479: Natural Theology

Natural philosopher and utilitarian William Paley is best known for comparing the world to a watch which design is self evident of a creator. In Natural Theology Paley uses examples from biology, anatomy and astronomy to demonstrate the complexity of the design. With such intricacy in the design there can only be the conclusion that it was designed by a wise deity. Being Paley's last book he suggested reading it first for it provides a systematic understanding of his arguments that he uses in his other works.

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Matthew D. Eddy is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Durham and has recently held fellowships at the Dibner Institute (MIT), Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and the University of Notre Dame's Erasmus Institute. He has just finished editing (with David M. Knight) Science and Beliefs: From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700-1900 (Ashgate,2005). David Knight has edited the British Journal for the History of Science and served as President of the British Society for the History of Science. In 2003 he received the American Chemical Society's Edelstein Award for History of Chemistry.

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This is an astonishing book, made all the more accessible by some excellent modern footnotes * John Habgood, Church TImes *

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