Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin (Paperback)
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Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin (Paperback)

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Galileo. Newton. Darwin. These giants are remembered for their great contributions to science. Often forgotten, however, is the profound influence that Christianity had on their lives and work. This study explores the many ways in which religion-its ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutions-interacted with science from the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the nineteenth century. Both scientists and persons of faith sometimes characterize the relationship between science and religion as confrontational. Historian Richard G. Olson finds instead that the interactions between science and religion in Western Christendom have been complex, often mutually supportive, even transformative. This book explores those interactions by focusing on a sequence of major religious and intellectual movements-from Christian Humanist efforts to turn science from a primarily contemplative exercise to an activity aimed at improving the quality of human life, to the widely varied Christian responses to Darwinian ideas in both Europe and North America during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801884009
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 19 mm


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Highly recommended. Readers with an interest in science, at the lower-undergraduate level and above. * Choice *
Provide[s] a rich historical background to the interaction between science and religion. -- Seymour H. Mauskopf * Nuncius *
Should appeal to aficionados of science and religion interested in the interaction of culture with the development of science. -- Fraser F. Fleming * Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith *
An interesting, insightful, and clearly argued overview. -- Edward B. Davis * Isis *
Olson's meticulous treatment of the rich variety of interconnections between science and religion was a refreshing revelation. The book does an excellent job of documenting the complex tangle of interconnections between religious thought and scientific work during this time period. * Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences *
The book can be warmly recommended to anyone interested in the various ways in which religion interacted with science from the beginning of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the 19th century. -- William R. Shea * Archives Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences *

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