A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom

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This extraordinary and scarce work by Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918), a professor and co-founder of Cornell University, is a unique study of the progress of humankind under two duelling forces: theology and science. White traces the evolution of human thought through a series of contrasts of ancient and modern theories of the world to show the impact of scientific research on the outmoded attitude of biblical literalism. Taking in an enormous range of subjects—including geography, astronomy, geology, chemistry, physics, medicine, psychology and economics—White illustrates the victory of empiricism over superstition, of scientific method and 'reason' over fundamentalism.

White's aim was to show that the Church's attacks on scientific progress resulted in 'the direst evils both to religion and to science' and, more broadly, his study points up the dangers inherent in the religious control of higher education (at a time when nearly all universities in the USA and Europe were still under ecclesiastical control). Cornell University was established on the principle that education should not be under the control of political parties or religious sects—an idea greeted at the time with hostile accusations of Darwinism and atheism. But White was in fact deeply religious and his hope was to strengthen and purify theology by eliminating its antiscientific concerns. This excellent treatise finds special relevance today when academic freedom is once again under pressure from political and religious groups. It should now find a place in the libraries of all theologians, philosophers and historians.

—a unique document, of interest to scholars of the history of theology, philosophy and science
—still contentious issue of science vs. faith
—special relevance today when academic freedom is again under threat

In this important and controversial work, historian, diplomat, and the first president of Cornell University Andrew White exhaustively documents the battle between science and religion in such matters as creation vs. evolution, the geocentric vs. the heliocentric, and the "fall of man" vs. anthropology.

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White (one time president, Cornell University) details the sparks struck when science impinged upon the sacred cattle of superstition. Originally published by Appleton in 1896. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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1. From creation to evolution; 2. Geography; 3. Astronomy; 4. From 'signs and wonders' to law in the heavens; 5. From Genesis to geology; 6. The antiquity of man, Egyptology and Assyriology; 7. The antiquity of man and prehistoric archaeology; 8. The 'fall of man' and anthropology; 9. The 'fall of man' and ethnology; 10. The 'fall of man' and history; 11. From 'the prince of the power of the air' to meteorology; 12. From magic to chemistry and physics.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    Christianity's Assault On The Advancement Of Knowledge

    I found this book to be invaluable in it's extreme detailing of the assault of the church upon the advancement of scientific knowledge. White leaves no stone unturned in his unfolding drama of the lengths the church went to trying to keep mankind in ignorance. It's thoroughness is unmatched. I strongly reccomend this book to all persons even slightly interested in the history of Christianity. This book is a definate eye-opener!!

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    Posted January 7, 2012

    Wasn't that good

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