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Natural science and religion
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1. Introduction

Natural science and the Christian religion generally coexisted productively in the European early modern period, until the advent of mechanism and materialism in the 18th and 19th centuries, which brought them in some respects into opposition.

The notion that early modern natural history had emerged from a secularization of n…

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Beuttler, Ulrich, “Natural science and religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024675>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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