Lipsiae (Leipzig): Thomae Fritschii, 1727. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/2 x 7"). , 730pp (Vol. 1); -1844, pp (Index), 150pp (Addenda) (Vol. 2). Contemporary full vellum. Publisher's device (a winged horse) on each title page. Engraved headpieces by Johann Georg Mentzel (1675-1730). Decorative tailpieces.
Written by German Lutheran divine Johann Franz Buddeus (1667-1729), this first edition of "Isagoge historico-theologica ad theologiam universam" reflects the author's close affinity to pietism and purism: For instance, Buddeus states that the purpose of physics is to explicate the natural phenomena mentioned in the Bible (Vol. 1, Chapter 4, part XXIX).
The book also deals with the problems methods, and history of theology in a rather revolutionary way for the time.
Considered the most universally accomplished German theologian of his time (Schaff), Buddeus' fields of knowledge embraced all branches of theology, and frequently touched on philosophy, history, and politics.
In philosophy he professed an eclecticism which rested on a broad historical foundation; but he recognized in Descartes the originator of a new period, and in attacking the "atheist" Spinoza followed especially the upholders of the law of nature, such as Hugo Grotius, Puffendorf, and Thomasius. His theological position was determined by the tradition of Johannes Musäus at Jena, partly through his close relations with Baier; but on another side he was inclined toward Pietism.
In his Biblical criticism he did not get so far as to make the slightest concession; not a verse of a canonical book can be touched without injuring the perfection of the whole.
Sporadic age-toning / soiling to binding. Previous owner's inscription dated 1886 at upper margin of front free endpaper, and on inside of front cover. Lower margin of fly leaf partly cut out. Minor and sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good+, interior in good+ to very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43117