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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Research News and Opportunities in Science and Technology
This work is both accessible and authoritative. Editors have taken pains to make sure the writing is consistently approachable and the scholarly depth of the individual contributors in certainly more than adequate to label this volume authoritative.
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Ferngren is to be commended for conveying the vitality and influence of science and religion through this series of excellent contributions from leading authors in the field.

— Fraser F. Fleming

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith - Fraser F. Fleming
Ferngren is to be commended for conveying the vitality and influence of science and religion through this series of excellent contributions from leading authors in the field.
Library Journal
This volume consists of 30 articles, all taken from the 103-article The History of Science and Religion: An Encyclopedia (Garland, LJ 8/15/00). While exploding a number of myths that make up the popular image of the warfare between science and religion, the writers show that there was actually a complex relationship operating in both directions. Part 1 introduces the topic with two articles on the history of the relationship. The next three parts consider historical topics, some biographical (e.g., Galileo Galilei, Charles Darwin), some religious (e.g., Islam, early modern Protestantism), and some topical (e.g., causation, evolution). Part 5 considers the response of religious traditions, Part 6 treats the theological implications of modern science, and the last part considers current historiographical issues, such as gender and postmodernism. Almost all of the articles are by authors who have written substantial works in their field, and each is accompanied by a bibliography. An essential purchase for any library that does not have the larger volume.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801870385
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 697,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary B. Ferngren is a professor of history at Oregon State University and general editor of The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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