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Davide Cellamare

of the Christian theology are at odds. 9 Pace Luther, Melanchthon sought to re-establish the study of Aristotle at Protestant schools; this he did, in a way, so as to provide the Lutheran teachings with a sound philosophical backing. Sachiko Kusukawa has shown that Melanchthon’s focus on the


Edited by Ole P. Grell

Despite his fame Paracelsus remains an illusive character. As this volume points out it is somewhat of a paradox that the fascination with Paracelsus and his ideas has remained so widespread when it is born in mind that it is far from clear what exactly he contributed to medicine and natural philosophy. But perhaps it is exactly this enigma which through the ages has made Paracelsus so attractive to such a variety of people who all want to claim him as an advocate for their particular ideas.
The first section of this book deals with the historiography surrounding Paracelsus and Paracelsianism and points to the need of reclaiming the man and his ideas in their proper historical context. A further two sections are concerned with the different religious, social and political implications of Paracelsianism and its medical and natural philosophical significance respectively.

Jole Shackelford

450 Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 12 (2007) 433-465 Urszula Szulakowska, e Sacrificial Body and the Day of Doom: Alchemy and Apoca- lyptic Discourse in the Protestant Reformation (Leiden: Brill, 2006), p. xii+180, ills., €114.00, $155.00 ISBN 90 04 15025 0. Szulakowska’s subject is


ANNIBALE FANTOLI URSZULA SZULAKOWSKA, The Sacrificial Body a n d the Day o f Doom. Alchemy a n d Apo- calyptic Discourse in the Protestant Refor- mation. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2006. 180 pp., ISBN 90-04-15025-0. M I C H E L A P E R E I R A LYNNE TATLOCK (ed.), Justine Siegemund: The Court

Joanna Picciotto

optimistic about the ability of human beings to participate in their own redemption through the performance of good works, Luther severed all connection between grace and human merit. This presents a puzzle: in light of Luther’s emphasis on humanity’s depravity, why is it that early modern Protestants

Silvia De Renzi

How early modern natural investigations interacted with religion has long preoccupied historians. The once influential view that Protestantism was a friend and Catholicism a foe has been challenged and marginalized as other historical concerns, from the broader politics of natural knowledge to its

Trumpets from the Tower

English Puritan Printing in the Netherlands 1600-1640


Keith L. Sprunger

This volume deals with English Puritan book printing and publishing in the Netherlands, especially in the cities of Amsterdam and Leiden, in the early seventeenth century. Because of censorship in England, many Puritans had to go abroad to have their books printed. Once produced by Dutch presses, the books were shipped, or smuggled, back to England.
The book centers on a body of about 350 Puritanical books, mostly in the English language, printed in the Dutch Republic by Puritan printers in exile or by sympathetic Dutch printers. The book examines the chain of authors, printers, publishers, financial backers, smugglers, and booksellers involved. Zealous Puritan believers participated at each stage.
This book is important for studying the relationship between Dutch printing and Puritan activities in Britain.


Jaska Kainulainen

This book is an intellectual biography of the Venetian historian and theologian Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623). It analyses Sarpi's natural philosophy, religious ideas and political thought. Kainulainen argues that Sarpi was influenced by Neostoicism, Neoepicureanism and the sixteenth-century scientific revolution; that Sarpi was a fideist and Christian mortalist who, while critical of the contemporary Church of Rome, admired the purity of the early church. Focusing on Sarpi’s separation between church and state, his use of absolutism, divine right of kings and reason of state, the book offers a fresh perspective on medieval and reformation traditions. It will be of interest to those interested in early-modern intellectual history and the interplay between science, religion and politics in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century political discourse.


Edited by Christoph Lüthy, John Murdoch and William Newman

This volume deals with corpuscular matter theory that was to emerge as the dominant model in the seventeenth century. By retracing atomist and corpuscularian ideas to a variety of mutually independent medieval and Renaissance sources in natural philosophy, medicine, alchemy, mathematics, and theology, this volume shows the debt of early modern matter theory to previous traditions and thereby explains its bewildering heterogeneity.
The book assembles nineteen carefully selected contributions by some of the most notable historians of medieval and early modern philosophy and science.
All chapters present new research results and will therefore be of interest to historians of philosophy, science, and medicine between 1150 and 1750.

H. Darrel Rutkin

’s deeply Protestant sola scriptura approach, which energetically strove to remove any and all Neoplatonic accretions from Plato’s texts. The authentic Platonic texts themselves were then to provide the sole basis for their interpretation. In this light, Robichaud makes the important point that