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The Pursuit of HarmonyKepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community$
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Aviva Rothman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226496979

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226497020.001.0001

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“The Study of Divine Things”: Kepler as Astronomer-Priest

“The Study of Divine Things”: Kepler as Astronomer-Priest

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The Pursuit of Harmony

Aviva Rothman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers Kepler’s early conception of the relationship between his mathematical and astronomical work and his confessional identity. It explores Kepler’s theological metaphysics, which linked God, man, and nature via the idea of geometry. Kepler applied this metaphysics to contemporary debates about the nature of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, and argued, much as the Calvinists did, that the Lutheran notion of ubiquity was rationally incomprehensible. He hoped to use his first book, the Mysterium Cosmographicum, to help resolve Eucharistic disputes.

Keywords:   Kepler, metaphysics, geometry, Eucharist, ubiquity, Mysterium Cosmographicum

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