Title An Elegant and Learned Discourse Of the Light of Nature, With Several other Treatises: Viz. The Schisme. The Act of Oblivion. The Childes Returne. The Panting Soul. Mount Ebal. The White Stone. Spiritual Opticks. The Worth of Souls.
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Highlights 1st Edition of Culverwel's Light of Nature, London, 1652. "A treatise of remarkable eloquence, power and learning by a Cambridge Platonist" 1652
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Book Number 17755
"A treatise of remarkable eloquence, power and learning by a Cambridge Platonist" 1st Edition of Culverwel's Light of Nature, London, 1652
CULVERWEL, NATHANAEL. An Elegant and Learned Discourse Of the Light of Nature, With Several other Treatises: Viz. The Schisme. The Act of Oblivion. The Childes Returne. The Panting Soul. Mount Ebal. The White Stone. Spiritual Opticks. The Worth of Souls. By Nathanael Culverwel, Master of Arts, and lately Fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge. Imprimatur, Edm. Calamy. London, Printed by T. R[atcliffe]. and E. M[ottershed]. for John Rothwell at the Sun and Fountain in Pauls Church-yard. 1652. Quarto. 15 x 19 x 3.7cm (binding). $375.00
Nathanael Culverwel (1615-1651) "An English philosophical writer, belonging to the school known as the `Cambridge Platonists.' His chief work, the Discourse of the Light of Nature, was published with several smaller treatises in 1652. It seems to have been suggested by the De veritate of his contemporary Lord Herbert of Cherbury, with whose views on epistemology he coincides to a remarkable degree, though controverting his attack upon Christianity from the side of reason. For grandeur and harmony of conception, as well as for rare insight and spiritual rapture which is almost the only trace of the Calvinism in which he was apparently brought up, the book is one of the most striking productions of the Cambridge school. Its main theme is the use of reason and the special nobility of its function in the search after truth..."--New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Religious Knowledge, III:320.
"Like the other Cambridge Platonists, Culverwell held that reason and faith are compatible.... Culverwell was the only member of the Cambridge Platonists to invoke natural law theory as the foundation of his rational ethics. His founding of the legal authority of moral law in the will of God and in the cognitive capacities of human beings has resulted in his being considered a precursor of Locke, major differences between them notwithstanding... The `light of nature' of the book's title is human reason, the `intellectual lamp' placed by God in the human soul to enable mankind to understand the law of nature. According to Culverwell the `law of nature' is the imprint of divine law in rational beings. While he acknowledged the limitations of postlapsarian human reason, he was optimistic about human capacities, emphasizing reason and free will as preconditions for knowledge of the moral law and the obligation to obey it. For this purpose, all human minds are furnished with `clear and indelible' principles of reason and morality. He conceived of God as an intellectual being who communicates with man through reason. Like Whichcote, he argued that men become more like God through the exercise of their reason. In coming to a knowledge of God and the eternal law, our reason is aided by experience of the external world which manifests God's wisdom in the fixed order of divine providence..."--Sarah Hutton, `Culverwell, Nathaniel (bap. 1619, d. 1651)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/6885, accessed 15 May 2014] Newly rebound with original paneled speckled calf laid over boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, new endpapers, light foxing. Title printed within simple woodcut border, woodcut head & tailpieces. Collation: A4, [a]4, B-Z4, Aa-Ee4. A-X4, Y2, Z4, Aa-Dd4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (3) Epistle Dedicatory, (1) blank, (4) To the Reader, (1) contents, (1) errata, (3) Courteous Reader, (1) blank, 1-215, (1) blank, Light of Nature. 1-24 The Schisme(caption title); 25-45 The Acto of Oblivion; 46-64 The Childs Return; 65-80 The Panting Soul; 80-96 Mount Ebal; 97-172 The White Stone...Treatise of Assurance; 173-212 Spiritual Opticks: or A Glasse Discovering the weakness and imperfection of Christians knowledge in this life. London, 1652. Online ESTC Citation No. R13398. Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), C7569. Spiritual Opticks has a separate title page with imprint. Pagination and register are continuous in the second section. (17755)
Cambridge Platonists, Leather Bindings, Church of England, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology