Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction

Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction

by Gary B. Ferngren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801870380

ISBN-13: 9780801870385

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Written by distinguished historians of science and religion, the thirty essays in this volume survey the relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century. This wide-ranging collection also introduces a variety of approaches to understanding their intersection, suggesting a model not of

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Written by distinguished historians of science and religion, the thirty essays in this volume survey the relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century. This wide-ranging collection also introduces a variety of approaches to understanding their intersection, suggesting a model not of inalterable conflict, but of complex interaction.

Tracing the rise of science from its birth in the medieval West through the scientific revolution, the contributors describe major shifts that were marked by discoveries such as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Isaac Newton and the Catholic and Protestant reactions to them. They assess changes in scientific understanding brought about by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transformations in geology, cosmology, and biology, together with the responses of both mainstream religious groups and such newer movements as evangelicalism and fundamentalism. The book also treats the theological implications of contemporary science and evaluates recent approaches such as environmentalism, gender studies, social construction, and postmodernism, which are at the center of current debates in the historiography, understanding, and application of science.

Contributors: Colin A. Russell, David B. Wilson, Edward Grant, David C. Lindberg, Alnoor Dhanani, Owen Gingerich, Richard J. Blackwell, Edward B. Davis, Michael P. Winship, John Henry, Margaret J. Osler, Richard S. Westfall, John Hedley Brooke, Nicolaas A. Rupke, Peter M. Hess, James Moore, Peter J. Bowler, Ronald L. Numbers, Steven J. Harris, Mark A. Noll, Edward J. Larson, Richard Olson, Craig Sean McConnell, Robin Collins, William A. Dembski, David N. Livingstone, Sara Miles, and Stephen P. Weldon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801870385
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:

Science and Religion

The Conflict of Science and Religion

The Historiography of Science and Religion

The Premodern PeriodAristotle and Aristotelianism

Early Christian Attitudes toward Nature

Medieval Science and Religion

Islam

The Scientific RevlutionThe Copernican Revolution

Galileo Galilei

Early Modern Protestantism

Causation

Mechanical Philosophy

Isaac Newton

Natural Theology

Transformations in Geology, Biology, and CosmologyGeology and Paleontology

Natural History

Charles Darwin

Evolution

Cosmogonies

The Response of Religious TraditionsRoman Catholic since Trent

Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism

Creation since 1859

The Scopes Trial

The Theological Implications of Modern SciencePhysics

Twentieth-Century Cosmologies

Scientific Naturalism

The Design Argument

Ecology and the Environment

Current Historiographical IssuesGender

The Social Construct of Science

Postmodernism

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