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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.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Methuen, Dr Charlotte|
|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|