Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain / Edition 2

Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain / Edition 2

by Aileen Fyfe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226276473

ISBN-13: 9780226276472

Pub. Date: 07/17/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to counter the developing notion that science and faith were mutually exclusive, and the Society's authors employed a full repertoire of evangelical techniques—low…  See more details below

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Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to counter the developing notion that science and faith were mutually exclusive, and the Society's authors employed a full repertoire of evangelical techniques—low prices, simple language, carefully structured narratives—to convert their readers. The application of such techniques to popular science resulted in one of the most widely available sources of information on the sciences in the Victorian era.

A fascinating study of the tenuous relationship between science and religion in evangelical publishing, Science and Salvation examines questions of practice and faith from a fresh perspective. Rather than highlighting works by expert men of science, Aileen Fyfe instead considers a group of relatively undistinguished authors who used thinly veiled Christian rhetoric to educate first, but to convert as well. This important volume is destined to become essential reading for historians of science, religion, and publishing alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226276472
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/17/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

IThe threat of popular science16
IIChristian knowledge60
IIIReading fish107
IVThe techniques of evangelical publishing141
VThe ministry of the press184
VIReinterpreting science224

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