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Overview

One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world--the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief--is reviewed in the context of recent scholarship in the history of science.
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'[John Hedley Brooke] has given us a brilliant, perceptive, subtle, nuanced analysis, which will permanently alter the way scholars and the informed lay public view the relations of science and religion.' David C. Lindberg, Metascience

'… arguably the most important historical analysis of science and religion since Andrew Dickson White's History of the Warfare of Science and Theology in Christendom (1898).' Ronald L. Numbers, Metascience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521283748
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/1991
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hedley Brooke is Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Interaction between science and religion: some preliminary considerations; 2. Science and religion in the scientific revolution; 3. The parallel between scientific and religious reform; 4. Divine activity in a mechanical universe; 5. Science and religion in the enlightenment; 6. The fortunes and functions of natural theology; 7. Visions of the past: religious belief and the historical sciences; 8. Evolutionary theory and religious belief; Postscript: science and religion in the twentieth century; Bibliographic essay; Sources of quotations; Index.

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