Quakers, Jews, and Science: Religious Responses to Modernity and the Sciences in Britain, 1650-1900

Quakers, Jews, and Science: Religious Responses to Modernity and the Sciences in Britain, 1650-1900

by Geoffrey Cantor
     
 

How do science and religion interact? This study examines the ways in which two minorities in Britain - the Quaker and Anglo-Jewish communities - engaged with science. Drawing on a wealth of documentary material, much of which has not been analysed by previous historians, Geoffrey Cantor charts the participation of Quakers and Jews in many different aspects of

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How do science and religion interact? This study examines the ways in which two minorities in Britain - the Quaker and Anglo-Jewish communities - engaged with science. Drawing on a wealth of documentary material, much of which has not been analysed by previous historians, Geoffrey Cantor charts the participation of Quakers and Jews in many different aspects of science: scientific research, science education, science-related careers, and scientific institutions. The responses of both communities to the challenge of modernity posed by innovative scientific theories, such as the Newtonian worldview and Darwin's theory of evolution, are of central interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199276684
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2005
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Science in 'Dissenting' Religious Communities
2. Two Communities
3. Education and Careers
4. Scientific Institutions
5. Trajectories in Science
6. Quaker Attitudes and Practices
7. Quaker Responses to Evolution
8. Jewish Attitudes and Practices
9. Jewish Responses to Evolution
10. Historical Comparisons and Historiographical Reflections

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