This is a fine study of the Church's response to Darwin and evolutionism in the late-nineteenth century... The work will appeal to a wide readership.
Negotiating Darwin: The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877-1902by Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, Rafael A. Martínez
Drawing on primary sources made available to scholars only after the archives of the Holy Office were unsealed in 1998, Negotiating Darwin chronicles how the Vatican reacted when six Catholicsfive clerics and one laymantried to integrate evolution and Christianity in the decades following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species./i>/i>… See more details below
Drawing on primary sources made available to scholars only after the archives of the Holy Office were unsealed in 1998, Negotiating Darwin chronicles how the Vatican reacted when six Catholicsfive clerics and one laymantried to integrate evolution and Christianity in the decades following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species.
As Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martínez reconstruct these cases, we see who acted and why, how the events unfolded, and how decisions were put into practice. With the long shadow of Galileo's condemnation hanging over the Church as the Scientific Revolution ushered in new paradigms, the Church found it prudent to avoid publicly and directly condemning Darwinism and thus treated these cases carefully.
The authors reveal the ideological and operational stance of the Vatican and describe its secret deliberations. In the process, they provide insight into current debates on evolution and religious belief.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Negotiating Darwin is a very important book.
Those interested in the history of science and religion and Catholic scholars will find this book useful.
A well-researched and insightful study.
Negotiating Darwin currently offers the only detailed picture based on the Vatican archive of the actions of the Catholic Church towards authors of evolutionary tracts... should be read by anyone interested in the reception of Darwinism or the relationship between science and religion.
Historians will enjoy its meticulous scholarship, and even non-historians will find this a useful book.
A painstaking study of the archival material that will stand as a basic reference for the history of the Catholic Church's official response to attempts to reconcile Catholicism and evolutionism in the late nineteenth century.
Negotiating Darwin is an important work of archival scholarship.
A well-documented scholarly work.
John F. Pollard and Peter James
This book is both a cautionary tale and a welcome piece of historical research.
Peter MJ Hess
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Publication date:
- Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context Series
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Negotiating Darwin provides an assessment of the Vatican's policy toward evolutionism during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Within the context of six case studies, the book displays painstaking knowledge of documents from the Vatican's archives and a thorough awareness of the interpretive issues involved. This is a major, scholarly contribution to the field.
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