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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.
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
A shift was occurring to what came to be known as “physico-theology.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the former case it is termed physico-theology, in the latter, ethical or moral-theology.
Hence the investigation of nature receives a teleological direction, and becomes, in its widest extension, physico-theology.