Negotiating Darwin: The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877-1902

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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 Catholics—five clerics and one layman—tried 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 ...

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Overview

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 Catholics—five clerics and one layman—tried 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

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Editorial Reviews

Reviews in History - John F. Pollard and Peter James

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.

Church History - Michael Ruse

Negotiating Darwin is a very important book.

Southeastern Naturalist - S. O'M.

Those interested in the history of science and religion and Catholic scholars will find this book useful.

Catholic Historical Review - Don O'Leary

A well-researched and insightful study.

British Journal for the History of Science - Juliana Adelman

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.

Reports of the National Center for Science Education - Peter MJ Hess

Historians will enjoy its meticulous scholarship, and even non-historians will find this a useful book.

Isis - Barry Brundell

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.

Journal of Religion - Richard Rosengarten

Negotiating Darwin is an important work of archival scholarship.

Choice

A well-documented scholarly work.

Reviews in History
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.

— John F. Pollard and Peter James

Commonweal

This book is both a cautionary tale and a welcome piece of historical research.

Church History
Negotiating Darwin is a very important book.

— Michael Ruse

Southeastern Naturalist
Those interested in the history of science and religion and Catholic scholars will find this book useful.

— S. O'M.

Catholic Historical Review
A well-researched and insightful study.

— Don O'Leary

British Journal for the History of Science
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.

— Juliana Adelman

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Historians will enjoy its meticulous scholarship, and even non-historians will find this a useful book.

— Peter MJ Hess

Isis
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.

— Barry Brundell

Journal of Religion
Negotiating Darwin is an important work of archival scholarship.

— Richard Rosengarten

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Meet the Author

Mariano Artigas is a professor of philosophy at Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Thomas F. Glick is a professor of history at Boston University. Rafael A. Martínez is a professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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