Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

by Thomas Dixon, Geoffrey Cantor, Stephen Pumfrey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521760275

ISBN-13: 9780521760270

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The idea of an inevitable conflict between science and religion was decisively challenged by John Hedley Brooke in his classic Science and Religion: Some historical perspectives (Cambridge, 1991). Almost two decades on, Science and Religion: New historical perspectives revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order on the complex and

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The idea of an inevitable conflict between science and religion was decisively challenged by John Hedley Brooke in his classic Science and Religion: Some historical perspectives (Cambridge, 1991). Almost two decades on, Science and Religion: New historical perspectives revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order on the complex and contingent histories of religious engagements with science.

Bringing together leading scholars, this new volume explores the history and changing meanings of the categories 'science' and 'religion'; the role of publishing and education in forging and spreading ideas; the connection between knowledge, power, and intellectual imperialism; and the reasons for the confrontation between evolution and creationism among American Christians and in the Islamic world. A major contribution to the historiography of science and religion, this book makes the most recent scholarship on this much misunderstood debate widely accessible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521760270
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors ix

Preface xiii

1 Introduction Thomas Dixon 1

Part I Categories 21

2 'Science' and 'religion': constructing the boundaries Peter Harrison 23

3 Science and religion in postmodern perspective: the case of Bruno Latour Jan Golinski 50

Part II Narratives 69

4 Religion and the changing historiography of the Scientific Revolution Margaret J. Osler 71

5 The late Victorian conflict of science and religion as an event in nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural history Frank M. Turner 87

6 Islam, Christianity, and the conflict thesis B. Harun Küçük 111

Part III Evolution and Creationism 131

7 Evolution and creationism in the Islamic world Salman Hameed 133

8 Understanding creationism and evolution in America and Europe Bronislaw Szerszynski 153

Part IV The Politics of Publishing 175

9 A global history of science and religion Sujit Sivasundaram 177

10 The Scopes trial beyond science and religion Adam R. Shapiro 198

11 Science, religion, and the history of the book Jonathan R. Topham 221

Part V Ways Forward 245

12 Sciences and religions: what it means to take historical perspectives seriously Noah Efron 247

13 Simplifying complexity: patterns in the history of science and religion Ronald L. Numbers 263

14 What shall we do with the 'Conflict Thesis'? Geoffrey Cantor 283

Select bibliography 299

Index 311

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