The tension between faith and reason has marked Christian
approaches to nature, and theologians since Augustine have sought
to resolve this. In the wake of the Scientific Revolution the
challenges to religious explanations of the world increased
dramatically, notably with the emergence of Darwin's theory of
evolution. Science has often put Christianity on the defensive but
also provoked theological reflection, especially on human
stewardship of nature as man's impact on the environment has become
more apparent. Christianity has long sought to learn from nature as
a 'book', full of examples to illustrate religious teaching and
signs of divine and saintly interventions in human history. Some
Christians have even tried to live in harmony with nature in
utopian communities. This volume bears witness to lively scholarly
debate on these and other aspects of its theme, and covers a wide
chronological, geographical and thematic range stretching from
missionary encounters with the New Worlds of Australia and Latin
America to popular and learned responses towards nature in early
modern Italy and Hungary. PETER CLARKE is Reader of Medieval
History at Southampton University; TONY CLAYDON is Professor of
Early Modern History at Bangor University. CONTRIBUTORS: A.
Atherstone, M. Bentley, P. Biller, B. Bolton, C. Clark, S.
Ditchfield, S. Foot, K. A. Francis, R. Gillespie, M. Gladwin, O.
Gusakova, Tadhg Hannrachain, R. G. Ingram, S. Knight, C. Kostick,
G. Oppitz-Trotman, S. Parsons, A. Raffe, S. P. Rosenberg, T. Rowe,
P. M. Scott, B. Sheils, M. Smith, A. Spicer, R. N. Swanson, E.
Tingle, A. Walsham, P. White, J. Willis
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