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In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and renowned peace advocate, offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries. Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day, from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution, to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation, Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems...
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Overview

In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and renowned peace advocate, offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries. Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day, from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution, to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation, Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems of belief throughout history. In turn, he identifies where similar debates between modern science and the Church still exist today. Michael Ruse's new introduction brings these conflicts between science and theology up to date, focusing on issues arising after World War II.

Reviews the conflict between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries, and attempts to estimate the influence of present-day science upon present-day theology.

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"Mr. Russell succeeds in investing the subject with a fresh interest....Even on the points on which one disagrees--and in a book of this type there will necessarily be many--the discussion is always acute and illuminating. Mr. Russell has endeavored to state opposing points of view with fairness."--Henry Hazlitt, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195002287
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/31/1961
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author


BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872-1970), a UK-born mathematician, philosopher,and Noble Prize-winner, is regarded as the founder of modern logic. Russell conceived with Alfred North Whitehead a mathematical system of logic based on an abstract analysis of thought. His fights for pacifism and conscientious objection lead him to several stints in prison and frequently interfered with his professional career; however, it also lead to the creation with Jean-Paul Sartre of the “International Court” against war crimes.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Ground of Conflict 7
II The Copernican Revolution 19
III Evolution 49
IV Demonology and Medicine 82
V Soul and Body 110
VI Determinism 144
VII Mysticism 171
VIII Cosmic Purpose 190
IX Science of Ethics 223
X Conclusion 244
Index 253
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