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Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine)

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From the beginning, Darwin's dangerous idea has been a snake in the garden, denounced from pulpits then and now as incompatible with the central tenets of Christian faith. Recovered here is the less well-known but equally long history of thoughtful engagement and compromise on the part of liberal theologians. Peter J. Bowler doesn't minimize the hostility of many of the faithful toward evolution, but he reveals the existence of a long tradition within the churches that sought to reconcile Christian beliefs with evolution by finding reflections of the divine in scientific explanations for the origin of life. By tracing the historical forerunners of these rival Christian responses, Bowler provides a valuable alternative to accounts that stress only the escalating confrontation.

Our polarized society, Bowler says, has all too often projected its rivalries onto the past, concealing the efforts by both scientists and theologians to find common ground. Our perception of past confrontations has been shaped by an oversimplified model of a "war" between science and religion. By uncovering the complexity of the debates sparked by Darwin's theory, we might discover ways to depolarize our own debates about where we came from and why we are here.

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Bowler doesn't minimize the hostility of many of the faithful toward evolution, but he reveals the less well-known existence of a long tradition within the churches that sought to reconcile Christian beliefs with evolution by finding reflections of the divine in scientific explanations for the origin of life. By tracing the historical forerunners of these rival Christian responses, Bowler provides a valuable alternative to accounts that stress only the escalating confrontation.

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Peter J. Bowler is Professor of History of Science, Queen's University, Belfast.

s College, Belfast

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Myths of History

2. Setting the Scene

3. Darwin and His Bulldog

4. The Eclipse of Darwinism

5. Modern Debates

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674032200
Author:
Bowler, Peter J.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Christian Theology - History
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Subject:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences/Evolution
Subject:
Religion : Religion, Politics & State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Series Volume:
Evolution and Christ
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Bowler doesn't minimize the hostility of many of the faithful toward evolution, but he reveals the less well-known existence of a long tradition within the churches that sought to reconcile Christian beliefs with evolution by finding reflections of the divine in scientific explanations for the origin of life. By tracing the historical forerunners of these rival Christian responses, Bowler provides a valuable alternative to accounts that stress only the escalating confrontation.
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