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Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge History of Science)

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One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world is the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in Western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established religious authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species(1859) are two famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Professor Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in such a rich variety of ways that simple generalizations are not possible. Standing back from general theses affirming "conflict" or "harmony," which have so often served partisan interests, the author's object is to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the twentieth century. Instead of treating science and religion as discrete definable entities, his approach is sensitive to shifting boundaries and willing to consider the contexts in which particular forms of science could be used both for religious and secular ends. The result is that, without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.

Synopsis:

Examining issues such as the trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's "Origin of Species" (1859), the author attempts to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the 20th century.

Synopsis:

In this new volume, John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to one of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world: the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established authority.

Synopsis:

One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world is the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in Western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established religious authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species(1859) are two famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Professor Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in such a rich variety of ways that simple generalizations are not possible. Standing back from general theses affirming "conflict" or "harmony," which have so often served partisan interests, the author's object is to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the twentieth century. Instead of treating science and religion as discrete definable entities, his approach is sensitive to shifting boundaries and willing to consider the contexts in which particular forms of science could be used both for religious and secular ends. The result is that, without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.

Synopsis:

John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 348-403) and index.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521283748
Editor:
Brooke, John Hedley
Author:
Brooke, John H.
Editor:
Brooke, John Hedley
Author:
Hannaway, Owen
Author:
Brooke, Hedley
Author:
Basalla, George
Author:
Brooke, John Hedley
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychology of Religion
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Religion and science -- History.
Subject:
Religion and science--History Religion and sc
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Series:
Cambridge History of Science
Series Volume:
ch. G
Publication Date:
19910531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
434
Dimensions:
8.98x6.00x1.10 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Examining issues such as the trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's "Origin of Species" (1859), the author attempts to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the 20th century.
"Synopsis" by , In this new volume, John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to one of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world: the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established authority.
"Synopsis" by , One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world is the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in Western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established religious authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species(1859) are two famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Professor Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in such a rich variety of ways that simple generalizations are not possible. Standing back from general theses affirming "conflict" or "harmony," which have so often served partisan interests, the author's object is to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the twentieth century. Instead of treating science and religion as discrete definable entities, his approach is sensitive to shifting boundaries and willing to consider the contexts in which particular forms of science could be used both for religious and secular ends. The result is that, without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.
"Synopsis" by , John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief.
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