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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed. / edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535750
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an astonishing book, made all the more accessible by some excellent modern footnotes (John Habgood, Church TImes)

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Matthew D. Eddy is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Durham and has recently held fellowships at the Dibner Institute (MIT), Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and the University of Notre Dame's Erasmus Institute. He has just finished editing (with David M. Knight) Science and Beliefs: From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700-1900 (Ashgate,2005).

David Knight has edited the British Journal for the History of Science and served as President of the British Society for the History of Science. In 2003 he received the American Chemical Society's Edelstein Award for History of Chemistry.

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IN crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there, I might possibly answer, that, for any thing I knew to the contrary, it had lain there for ever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to shew the absurdity of this answer. Read the first page
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Watters on 26 May 2009
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No doubt some of the interest in Paley comes from the popularity of Dawkins and the growing movement for introducing "Creationism" or "Design" into science class. Paley's attempt to refute scientific argument based on its incompleteness is unfortunate but, nonetheless, this is a beautifully written book which shows some of the tensions and desperation in Paley's own argument.
To put it simply. If you are a creationist or an athiest or a was-there-something-before-the-big-bang or notist, this is the book that started the argument even before Darwin got there.
Like my parents say: it is easier to talk about lunch money in bus queues, but train journeys are good for real discussions. You can always look out the window.
Once again OUP have read a minor market perfectly by producing a finely edited copy of an important work.
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This is no exception. The cover is nice, the introduction is helpful, and the annotations are good. The paper and print quality are as you would expect.
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Intelligent Design is not a Recent Invention 17 May 2007
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This Oxford World's Classics edition of William Paley's (1743-1805) most famous work is a handy way to become acquainted with the theory of Natural Theology that played such a major role in Victorian intellectual circles--at least until Darwin published his "Origin of the Species" in 1859. This edition reproduces the text of the first edition published in 1802. Equally important, it contains a highly helpful introduction by editors Matthew D. Eddy and David Knight which places the book within the context of Victorian thought prior to Darwin. "Natural Theology is the practice of inferring the existence and wisdom of God from the order and beauty of the world," write the editors. Its most familiar version is Deism (or belief in a remote creator), which combines Newton's concept of physical laws with the idea of a clock--God creates the clock but allows it to function on its own. The editors explain the history of this idea prior to Paley, and how given the scepticism of individuals like Gibbon, Hume, Diderot and Voltaire, Natural Theology was pressed into service to fight off what were seen as attacks on Christianity. Paley's work was tremendously popular and read well into the 18th century. God is seen as benevolent and concerned with ensuring the happiness of the human race, such as by creating "pleasure" for example. Robert Chambers "Vestiges," the Bridgewater Treatises, and other key examples of Victorian grappling with these issues is discussed, and the stage is set for Darwin who wrote "Origins" 50 years or so after Paley's death (but had read him). In addition to this fine introduction, this edition contains a bibliography, chronology, and suggestions for further reading. Particularly helpful are 48 pages of "Explanatory Notes" contributed by the editors which identify and explain key individuals, concepts, and books. Oh, and of course, Paley well anticipated the current intelligent design argument, which we learn even predates him. Is there anything new under the sun? I wonder.
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Terrific forward 26 Jan. 2012
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The forward by Doy Moyer is excellent and will be essential reading for those interested in natural theology or even those involved on either side of the current "intelligent design" crusade. The "argument from design" came from the pagans and was taken up by some Christians a thousand years later. Then especially after Newton it had a very popular but contested history, which is nicely sketched and introduced by Moyer in relatively few pages considering the long history and conceptual difficulties with natural theology. To read the text without context for it (which Moyer does assist) and without understanding why over time natural theology was rejected (which Moyer does not go much into) would be quite naive. And yet this was an immensely influential book in its day and helped stimulate Darwin to think deeply about the misleading appearance of design in biological nature and dissect out fatal problems with these old ideas.
Definitely a must for fans of William Paley or those curious about theology and philosophy. 24 Nov. 2013
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Definitely a must for fans of William Paley or those curious about theology and philosophy. This is another book that was recommended to me by my philosophy professor and I have enjoyed reading it!
Perfect 19 Nov. 2013
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A plain bound book in black. Perfect for anyone who enjoys a book as just a book. And an excellent read regardless of one's own views about creationism. Also in great condition. Worth the money and a great addition to one's own personal library.
More Paley 17 April 2013
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I have found Mr. Paley as very good source for Evolution discussions and wanted to expand my library with his works
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