sciences of nature and of mind. Theology is ?the science of the sciences,? not in the sense of including all these sciences, but in the sense of using their results and of slowing their underlying ground; (see Wardlaw Theology, 1:1, 2). Physical science is not a part of theology. As a mere physicist, Humboldt did not need to mention the name of God in his ?Cosmos? (but see Cosmos, 2:413, where Humboldt says: ?Psalm 104 presents an image of the whole Cosmos?). Bishop of Carlisle: ?Science is atheous, and therefore cannot be atheistic.? Only when we consider the relations or finite things to God, does the study of them furnish material for theology. Anthropology is a part of theology, because man?s nature is the work of God and because God?s dealings with man throws light upon the character of God, God is known through his works and his activities. Theology therefore gives account of these works and activities so far as they come within our knowledge. All other sciences require theology for their complete explanation. Proudbon : ?If you go very deeply into politics, you are sure to get into theology.? On the definition of theology, see Luthardt, Compendium der Dogmatik, 1; 2; Blant, Dict. Doct. and Hist. Theol., art: Theology; H. B. Smith, Introd., to Christ. Theol., 44: Aristotle, Metaph., 10, 7, 4; 11, 6, 4; and Lactantius, De Ira Dei, 11.
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