Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwinby Richard G. Olson
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 religionits ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutionsinteracted with science from the beginnings of the Scientific… See more details below
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 religionits ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutionsinteracted 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 movementsfrom 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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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 BeginningsOf the Earth, of Life, and of Humankind1680-1859
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