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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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“Of God and His Community”: Kepler and the Catholic Church

“Of God and His Community”: Kepler and the Catholic Church

(p.109) Three “Of God and His Community”: Kepler and the Catholic Church
The Pursuit of Harmony

Aviva Rothman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers Kepler’s relationship with both specific Catholics and with the larger Catholic Church via an exploration of the theme of theological accommodation. It begins with Kepler’s correspondence with Herwart von Hohenburg, in which Kepler portrayed astrology itself as a kind of divine accommodation. It then moves to Kepler’s correspondence with Jesuit Paul Guldin, in which Kepler argued that he should be allowed to participate in the Mass in a Catholic Church, with his particular theological objections duly noted. Finally, it considers Kepler’s larger attitude to the Jesuit order, and to Jesuit science in particular.

Keywords:   Kepler, Catholic Church, accommodation, Herwart von Hohenburg, astrology, Paul Guldin, Jesuits

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