Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle

Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle

by Bernard Lightman

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The historical interface between science and religion was depicted as an unbridgeable conflict in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Starting in the 1970s, such a conception was too simplistic and not at all accurate when considering the totality of that relationship. This volume evaluates the utility of the “complexity principle” in past, present, and future scholarship. First put forward by historian John Brooke over twenty-five years ago, the complexity principle rejects the idea of a single thesis of conflict or harmony, or integration or separation, between science and religion. Rethinking History, Science, and Religion brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the forefront of their fields to consider whether new approaches to the study of science and culture—such as recent developments in research on science and the history of publishing, the global history of science, the geographical examination of space and place, and science and media—have cast doubt on the complexity thesis, or if it remains a serviceable historiographical model.

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ISBN-13: 9780822987048
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University and president of the History of Science Society. Among his most recent publications are the edited collections Global Spencerism: The Communication and Appropriation of a British Evolutionist, A Companion to the History of Science, and Science Museums in Transition: Cultures of Display in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America (coedited with Carin Berkowitz). Lightman is also a general coeditor of The Correspondence of John Tyndall and editor of the book series Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction / Bernard Lightman Part I. The Local and The Global 1. The Stigmata of Ancestry: Reinvigorating the Conflict Thesis in the American 1970s / Erika Lorraine Milam 2. Three Centuries of Scientific Culture and Catholicism in Argentina A Case Study of Long-Term Trends / Miguel de Asúa 3. Reexamining Complexity: Sayyid Ahmad Khan's Interpretation of "Science" in Islam / Sarah A. Qidwai 4. Christian Missionaries, Science, and the Complexity: Thesis in the Nineteenth-Century World / John Stenhouse Part II. The Media and The Public 5. Creating a New Space for Debate: The Monthlies, Science, and Religion / Bernard Lightman 6. Darwin's Publisher: John Murray III at the Intersection of Science and Religion / Sylvia Nickerson 7. The "Harmony Thesis" in the Turkish Media, 1950–1970 / M. Alper Yalçinkaya 8. A Humanist Blockbuster: Jacob Bronowski and The Ascent of Man / Alexander Hall 9. Teaching Warfare: Conflict and Complexity in Contemporary University Textbooks / Thomas H. Aechtner Part III. Historiographies and Theories 10. Revisiting the Battlefields of Science and Religion: The Warfare Thesis Today / Ronald L. Numbers 11. From Copernicus to Darwin to You: History and the Meaning(s) of Evolution / Ian Hesketh 12. Scale, Territory, and Complexity: Historical Geographies of Science and Religion / Diarmid A. Finnegan 13. Conflict, Complexity, and Secularization in the History of Science and Religion / Peter Harrison Afterword: The Instantiation of Historical Complexity / John Hedley Brooke Notes Selected Bibliography Contributors Index

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