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Warren, Erasmus; Geologia: or, a Discourse Concerning the Earth before the Deluge. 1690

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Warren, Erasmus; Geologia: or, a Discourse Concerning the Earth before the Deluge. 1690

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Warren, Erasmus; Geologia: or, a Discourse Concerning the Earth before the Deluge. Wherein the Form and Properties ascribed to it, in a Book intituled The Theory of the Earth, are Excepted against; And it is made appear, That the Dissolution of that Earth was not the Cause of the Universal Flood. Also a New Explication of that Flood is attempted. London, R. Chiswell for J. Southby, 1690. Quarto, pp. 14, 359, woodcuts, 1 page of ads.

The work is complete and in a contemporary paneled calf with a later calf spine with gilt titles. Boards with wear to corners, early armorial bookplate of Bryan Fausett on paste down with is signature on title page dated 1752. Later owner’s book plate on end sheet. Repair to upper edge of end sheet, crayon marks on front and rear end sheets, toning to margins of first and last pages. In good condition.

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 Warren (??-1718), an English theologian was the rector of Worlington in Suffolk. He became alarmed by what he perceived as Thomas Burnet's poor treatment of the Mosaic writings in Burnet’s “Theory of the Earth”, Warren wrote “Geologia” and insisted that Genesis be taken literally. Warren maintained that God created the earth with its present form, and he defended the beauty of mountains against Burnet's diatribes. Getting into the scientific spirit, Warren even tried to show that there were mechanical problems with Burnet's hypothesis and that the earth could not possibly dry and crack in the manner he advocated.Burnet believed the face of the earth before the Biblical Flood was smooth and regular, and that the earth had a great subterranean chamber that was filled with water that flowed out to create the great flood, but then subsided and fell back into the abyss. Warren felt that the original earth had mountains and oceans before the flood, and that there was no subterranean chamber. He refuted Burnet with geological and scriptural details.

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