Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

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Overview

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.

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"A valuable addition to the literature on the growing field of science and religion. Highly recommended."
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"These days, whenever the words "science" and "religion" are brought together, they are likely to conjure up other words like "debate", "conflict", and "inevitable". That set of associations, real or imagined, is the underlying subject of this remarkable book. It distills an enormous amount of scholarship relating to a fascinating set of subjects of contemporary importance in the form of well-researched and nicely written set of essays brought together in honor of the British historian John Hedley Brooke. It celebrates his work in redefining, one might almost say, defining away, the notion of conflict between science and religion."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521760270
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Dixon is Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Invention of Altruism (2008) and From Passions to Emotions (Cambridge, 2003).

Geoffrey Cantor is Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Leeds and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. He is the author of Quakers, Jews, and Science (2005).

Stephen Pumfrey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Lancaster University. He is the author of Latitude and the Magnetic Earth (2002), winner of the British Society for the History of Science Dingle Prize.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Thomas Dixon Dixon, Thomas 1

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

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

4 Religion and the changing historiography of the scientific revolution Margaret J. Osler Osler, Margaret J. 71

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

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

7 Evolution and creationism in the Islamic world Salman Hameed Hameed, Salman 133

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

9 A global history of science and religion Adam R. Shapiro Shapiro, Adam R. 198

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

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

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

14 What shall we do with the 'conflict thesis'? Geoffrey Cantor Cantor, Geoffrey 283

Select bibliography 299

Index 311

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