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  • n. Alternative spelling of physicotheology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Theology or divinity illustrated or enforced by physics or natural philosophy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The -ology illustrated or enforced by natural philosophy.


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  • This physico-theology does not, however, prove with certainty the existence of God.

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  • On the one hand, the suggestion that perceptions and conceptions of natural objects produced moral and political improvement was not a particularly contentious position in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and authors could defend such a position with a variety of schemas, ranging from "physico-theology," which emphasized the moral improvement that resulted from a conscious awareness of the complexity of nature, to the

    The Transcendental: Deleuze, P. B. Shelley, and the Freedom of Immobility

  • A shift was occurring to what came to be known as “physico-theology.”

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Burnet was attacked or defended by nearly every im - portant writer on theology, physico-theology, and sci - ence, with the exception of Newton, to whom one volume in the controversy was dedicated.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • This is the literature of natural and physico-theology devoted to proving God's existence — and His goodness — in the order and beauty of the creation.


  • Matter, as distinguished from body, was a 'non ens', a simple apparition, 'id quod mere videtur'; but to body the elder physico-theology of the Greeks allowed a participation in entity.

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  • Still, if we use words strictly, this must not be called a practical, but a doctrinal belief, which the theology of nature (physico-theology) must also produce in my mind.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • These prejudicial consequences become still more evident, in the case of the dogmatical treatment of our idea of a Supreme Intelligence, and the theological system of nature (physico-theology) which is falsely based upon it.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • In the former case it is termed physico-theology, in the latter, ethical or moral-theology.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • Hence the investigation of nature receives a teleological direction, and becomes, in its widest extension, physico-theology.

    The Critique of Pure Reason


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