I’m sitting in the Boston Airport on my way to a conference at Gordon College but I have enough time for a natural history note while I wait for a colleague to arrive. On my flight from Ohio I read the last chapter of the Peter Harrison’s “The Fall of Man and the Foundations of […]
Creation chronometry was a much debated topic in the late 1600s and early 1700s among Christians with virtually no opinion expressed being of the same kind that that could be described as a literalist view held today. I often wonder what would have happened had the Westminster Confession of Faith been written after this debate rather than before it given how the landscape of the discussion changed in the 40 years after the Assembly of the Westminster Divines met.
This is part of a continuing a series of posts on John Ray’s correspondences. Quotes are from the publication of Ray’s letters (Further Correspondence of John Ray) edited by Robert W. T. Gunther and printed for the Ray Society in 1928. The first is from a letter to Mr. Edward Llwyd at the Museum of […]
An interesting new resource for research into 17th century natural history has been made available this year in the form of the first of what will be 10 volumes of the monumental work Biblia American by Cotton Mather (1663-1928). The first volume coves this American puritan’s commentary on Genesis. Unfortunately the book is rather expensive […]
What a species is has been debated for centuries but John Ray was the first person to produce a biological definition of what a species is. In his 1686 History of plants he states: “..no surer criterion for determining species has occurred to me than the distinguishing features that perpetuate themselves in propagation from seed. […]