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Reconstructing Wonder

Chemistry Informing a Natural Theology

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Timothy Weatherstone

The book uses scientific discipline of chemistry to inform a Natural Theology. While Natural Theology typically employs scientific analysis from Cosmology, Physics, Mathematics and at times Biology the author extends the subject. He refers to the perception of beauty to provide a conceptual framework linking aspects of Epistemology, Theology and Chemistry. The volume presents a working definition of Natural Theology and a new definition of Beauty that bridges the conceptual gaps between the humanities and the hard sciences.

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I must admit to being unsure when I embarked on this work as to how much I believed in natural theology: yes the world is often remarkable but what we do to it and each other is frequently not. Could God really be shown to be revealing of Himself through it all? And what of chemistry? I am forever fascinated by a whole host of facts, materials, gadgets and experiences, but could that be, can these be, of God? The results of these investigations I lay out below, but the power of the argument and the implications of the symmetries uncovered continue to amaze me. These are yet another example of God allowing us to view yet more layers and components of His extraordinary creative work.

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