Origin of the work:
1660 – 1661 Amsterdam
1983 Hildesheim, in: Johann Amos Comenius, Antisozinische Schriften I – II, pp381–815
The Theologia naturalis (Natural theology) of Raimundo de Sabunde, as revised by Comenius.
In the introduction, Comenius speaks of his having favoured books in which the Christian truth is supported by reasoned argument. He regards this book by the Spanish philosopher and theologian Raimundo de Sabunde as one such, this having fallen into obscurity probably on account of its poor Latin. He now issues it in his own redaction, and sends it to be read by the Socinian Zwicker.
Comenius values the fact that in its first section Raimundo’s treatise starts with natural events, and gradually leads the reader to the higher religious truth. In the second section, he provides instructions on how to be recognise the accordance between the Christian religion and natural truths, and how to complement and bring these truths to a climax.
This book was published by Comenius in connection with his dispute with Daniel Zwicker, which was conducted in the form of written polemics and which concerned questions of dogma. This treatise was meant to convince Zwicker that there was no inconsistency between science and Scripture, as the Socinians proclaimed. See also the entries for the De irenico irenicorum, the De Sociniano irenico and the Admonitio tertia.
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp571-574
Jan Kumpera, J. A. Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp273-274
Erwin Schadel, Hinführung zu den antisozinianischen Schriften des Comenius. In: Johann Amos Comenius, Antisozinianishe Schriften. Teil 1. Hildesheim etc.: 1983, pp24-72