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The belief in the human capacity to dominate nature was justified by the argument that the study of God's book of nature went hand in hand with the study of the Bible, the book of God's word.

What is 'God's book of nature'?
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Early Christian doctrine held that God was the author of two texts, the Book of God, or The Bible, and The Book of Nature.

The two were co-extensive: given the right interpretative tools, one could read the eternal verities of God's design from Nature back to the Bible, and vice versa. The medieval world was thoroughly semiotic, the stars in the sky and the leaves on the trees were shot through with semantic meaning, signifiers of the Creator's absolute authorship.

Hope that helps...
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Tam SadekEarly Christian doctrine held that God was the author of two texts, the Book of God, or The Bible, and The Book of Nature. The two were co-extensive: given the right interpretative tools, one could read the eternal verities of God's design from Nature back to the Bible, and vice versa. The medieval world was thoroughly semiotic, the stars in the sky and the leaves on the trees were shot through with semantic meaning, signifiers of the Creator's absolute authorship. Hope that helps...
Very helpful. Thank you!

I've found the same text here, by the way.

http://elab.eserver.org/hfl0247.html
Good! That's where I summarised it from, and that site gives the information in much more detail...