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Physicotheology
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Physicotheology is theology that gathers evidences of purpose in nature. It arose in the early Enlightenment as a form of the older European natural theology. It made use of the same allegorical interpretation of nature and of the same teleological proof of God (God, Arguments for the Existence of, 2.5), deducing the existence of an all-powerful and all-wise builder of the universe from its perfect, purposeful, and beautiful order.

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Sparn, Walter, “Physicotheology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.100>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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