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Ancient Authors and Fathers of the Church

The School of Athens

Before the Christian Era
Aristotle of Stagira
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322 B.C. The Role of Metaphysics in the Knowledge of Reality

Metaphysics, II, 1; IV, 1; VI, 1

347-322 b.C. The Ascension to the Prime Mover throughout the Motion's Analysis

Metaphysics, XII, 7-9

Plato of Athens
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360 b.C. The Cause of the Origin of the World is the Goodness and the Demiurge's Goodness

Timaeus, 29 E - 31 A

390-360 b.C. The Importance of Mathematics in the Education of the Philosopher

The Republic, Book VII, 521 C - 527 D

Hippocrates of Cos
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ca. 400 B.C. The Hippocratic Oath
Fathers of the Church and Christian Authors
Tertullian of Carthage
Origen of Alexandria
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253 Christians Observe the Sky but do not Worship it

Against Celsus, V, 10-13

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304-313 On the Natural Knowledge of God

Divine Institutes, II

Gregory of Nyssa
Athanasius of Alexandria
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373 The Harmony of the Universe: the Work of the Logos, Who Acts as a Musician

Contra Gentes, III, 42-44

373 The Originality of Christian Doctrine on Creation

On the Incarnation of the Word, I, 2-3

Basil the Great
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377-379 The Irrationality of the Horoscope and of the Astral Influences

Excerpts from Hexaemeron.

377-379 Creation and Laws of Nature in a Commentary on Genesis

Excerpts from Hexaemeron.

Augustine of Hippo
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390 The Beauty of the Universe and the Risk of Idolatry

De vera religione, ch. 37

399-420 On Knowledge and Wisdom

On the Trinity, Book XII, c. 14; Book XIII, c. 19

400 From Creatures to God: The Cosmological and Anthropological Paths

Confessions, Book X, cc. 6-8 and 24-27

400 On the Difference between Platonists and Christianity concerning the Doctrine of the Logos

Confessions, Book VII, c. 9

401-405 On the Prudence and Openness in Interpreting Sacred Scripture, when Biblical Passages deal with our Knowledge of Nature

De Genesi ad Litteram, Book I, cc. 18 and 19.

426 God Alone is the Author of all Natures

The City of God, Book XII, cc. 24 and 25

426 As Genesis says about the Earthly Paradise can be interpreted with Allegories

The City of God, Book XIII, c. 21

426 A Critique to Astrology from "De Civitate Dei"

The City of God, Book V, cc. 1-7I

426 On the Theology of Miracles

The City of God, Book XXII, cc. 8,9

426 Time and Eternity: the Christian Conception of Time

The City of God, Book XII, cc. 16 and 17

430 On the Book of Nature

A Selection of Quotes from the Works of Augustine of Hippo

Leo The Great
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461 On the Feast of the Epiphany

Sermons, XXXIV, 1-3

461 The Design of God in the Incarnation

Sermons, XXII, 1-2

461 The Criticism of the Star-Worship and the Proper Role of the Creatures

Sermons, XXVII, 1-5