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The role of the heavens in the thought of Philip Melanchthon

Methuen, C. (1996) The role of the heavens in the thought of Philip Melanchthon. Journal of the History of Ideas, 57 (3). pp. 385-403. ISSN 0022-5037

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Abstract

The role of the heavens was vital to Philip Melanchthon's studies in astronomy and the understanding of the universe. Melanchthon believed that astronomy was the only science that could explain the movement of the heavens and the will of God. His theory was based on the Aristotelian cosmological understanding of the universe. The study of astronomy helped to interpret the natural world since it ascribed order and harmony in the celestial sphere. Astronomy was generally seen as a lower science, which only attempts to apply a pure form of mathematics to physical reality.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Methuen, Dr Charlotte
Authors: Methuen, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Q Science > QB Astronomy
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of the History of Ideas
Journal Abbr.:JHI
ISSN:0022-5037
ISSN (Online):1086-3222
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