Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

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by Ronald L. Numbers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674033272

ISBN-13: 9780674033276

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths.

Until about the 1970s, the dominant narrative in the history of science had

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If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths.

Until about the 1970s, the dominant narrative in the history of science had long been that of science triumphant, and science at war with religion. But a new generation of historians both of science and of the church began to examine episodes in the history of science and religion through the values and knowledge of the actors themselves. Now Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to ­puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” The picture of science and religion at each other’s throats persists in mainstream media and scholarly journals, but each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

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ISBN-13:
9780674033276
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
558,068
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 3.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction

    Ronald L. Numbers


  • Myth 1. That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science

    David C. Lindberg

  • Myth 2. That the Medieval Christian Church Suppressed the Growth of Science

    Michael H. Shank

  • Myth 3. That Medieval Christians Taught That the Earth Was Flat

    Lesley B. Cormack

  • Myth 4. That Medieval Islamic Culture Was Inhospitable to Science

    S. Nomanul Haq

  • Myth 5. That the Medieval Church Prohibited Human Dissection

    Katharine Park

  • Myth 6. That the Copernican System Demoted Humans from the Center of the Cosmos

    Dennis R. Danielson

  • Myth 7. That Giordano Bruno Was the First Martyr of Modern Science

    Jole Shackelford

  • Myth 8. That Galileo Was Imprisoned and Tortured for Advocating Copernicanism

    Maurice A. Finocchiaro

  • Myth 9. That Christianity Gave Birth to Modern Science

    Noah Efron

  • Myth 10. That the Scientific Revolution Liberated Science from Religion

    Margaret J. Osler

  • Myth 11. That Catholics Did Not Contribute to the Scientific Revolution

    Lawrence Principe

  • Myth 12. That René Descartes Originated the Mind-Body Distinction

    Peter Harrison

  • Myth 13. That Isaac Newton’s Mechanistic Cosmology Eliminated the Need for God

    Edward Davis

  • Myth 14. That the Church Denounced Anesthesia in Childbirth on Biblical Grounds

    Rennie B. Schoepflin

  • Myth 15. That the Theory of Organic Evolution Is Based on Circular Reasoning

    Nicolaas A. Rupke

  • Myth 16. That Evolution Destroyed Charles Darwin’s Faith in Christianity—until He Reconverted on His Deathbed

    James Moore

  • Myth 17. That Huxley Defeated Wilberforce in Their Debate over Evolution and Religion

    David N. Livingstone

  • Myth 18. That Darwin Destroyed Natural Theology

    Jon H. Roberts

  • Myth 19. That Darwin and Haeckel Were Complicit in Nazi Biology

    Robert J. Richards

  • Myth 20. That the Scopes Trial Ended in Defeat for Antievolutionism

    Edward J. Larson

  • Myth 21. That Einstein Believed in a Personal God

    Matthew Stanley

  • Myth 22. That Quantum Physics Demonstrated the Doctrine of Free Will

    Daniel P. Thurs

  • Myth 23. That “Intelligent Design” Represents a Scientific Challenge to Evolution

    Michael Ruse

  • Myth 24. That Creationism Is a Uniquely American Phenomenon

    Ronald L. Numbers

  • Myth 25. That Modern Science Has Secularized Western Culture

    John Hedley Brooke


  • Notes
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

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RickInLA More than 1 year ago
It's constantly amazing how low Christian apologists will stoop to press their issues but this book may rank as the absolute lowest. In "busting" the supposed myths of science and religion the present only the religious side of the argument. In saying, for instance, they are addressing the myth of "evolution being circular reasoning" they show all of the Christian arguments against evolution and "admit" that while the Christian apologist have lots of facts and truth on their side it's not fair to say that evolution is completely circular. In the meantime all they have done is present the Christian side of the argument while praising its "logic". This is just one more attempt by the Templeton Foundation to spread their lies and drive the "wedge" issue a little deeper. Don't waste your money on this book. That is unless you are a "dyed-in-the-wool" Christian and you need a little more convincing of the lies you so readily adapt. Why can't Christians accept the truth? Why not follow the facts to their logical conclusion and stop distorting the truth? They are so frightened to know that their founding stories are all based on myth but they are the ones to claim that "the truth shall set you free". I sincerely hope they will eventually allow the truth to be presented without their attempts at lying and subterfuge. Please stop these insidious attempts to deceive people who know better. We're not your followers who will go in whatever direction you yank the guide rope. Some Americans want the truth science has to offer without Christian attempts to delude and falsify it.
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