Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin

Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin

by Richard G. Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801884004

ISBN-13: 9780801884009

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Galileo. Newton. Darwin. These giants are remembered for their great contributions to science. Often forgotten, however, is the profound influence that Christianity had on their lives and work. This study explores the many ways in which religion—its ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutions—interacted with science from the beginnings of the Scientific

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Galileo. Newton. Darwin. These giants are remembered for their great contributions to science. Often forgotten, however, is the profound influence that Christianity had on their lives and work. This study explores the many ways in which religion—its ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutions—interacted with science from the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the nineteenth century.

Both scientists and persons of faith sometimes characterize the relationship between science and religion as confrontational. Historian Richard G. Olson finds instead that the interactions between science and religion in Western Christendom have been complex, often mutually supportive, even transformative. This book explores those interactions by focusing on a sequence of major religious and intellectual movements—from Christian Humanist efforts to turn science from a primarily contemplative exercise to an activity aimed at improving the quality of human life, to the widely varied Christian responses to Darwinian ideas in both Europe and North America during the second half of the nineteenth century.

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ISBN-13:
9780801884009
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Series Foreword

Galileo and the Church: Or, How Do Science and Religion Interact?

Religion and the Transition to "Modern" Science: Christian Demands For Useful Knowledge

Science and the Catholicism in the Scientific Revolution, 1550-1770

Science and Religion in England: 1590-1740

Newton's Religion, Newtonian Religions, and Eighteenth Century Reactions

Scientific Understandings of Religion and Religious Understandings of Science, 1700-1859

Back to the Beginnings—Of the Earth, of Life, and of Humankind—1680-1859

What To Do About Darwin?

Primary Sources

Annotated Bibliography

Time-Line

Index

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