A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom: From Creation to the Victory of Scientific and Literary Methods, Volume 1

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Transaction Publishers, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 516 pages
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Given the powerful and forthright title of Andrew Dickson White's classic study, it is best to make clear his own sense of the whole as given in the original 1896 edition: My conviction is that science, though it has evidently conquered dogmatic theology based on biblical texts and ancient modes of thought, will go hand in hand with religion, and that although theological control will continue to diminish, religion as seen in the recognition of a 'power in the universe, not ourselves, which makes for righteousness' and in the love of God and of our neighbor, will steadily grow stronger and stronger, not only in the American institutions of learning, but in the world at large.

White began to assemble his magnum opus, a two volume work first published in 1896 as A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. In correspondence he wrote that he intended the work to stake out a position between such religious orthodoxy as John Henry Newman's on one side and such secular scoffing as Robert Ingersoll's on the other.

Historian Paul Carter declared that this book did as much as any other published work toward routing orthodoxy in the name of science. Insofar as science and religion came to be widely viewed as enemies, with science holding the moral high ground, White inadvertently, became one of the most effective and influential advocates for unbelief.

 

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Contents

The work of De Maillet 58
58
Development of the theory up to the middle of the nineteenth century 6466
64
The Final Efart of T zeology
71
CHAPTER II
89
The Delineation of the Earlli
98
The Inhabitants of the Earth
102
The Size of the Earth
110
T hc War upon Galileo
131
at Compromi e The V ietory of Seienee eom_tlete
239
CHAPTER VI
249
T he Nero Chronology
257
CHAPTER VII
266
and Implements
271
CHAPTER VIII
284
The finding of human skulls in Quaternary deposits
290
Mr Southalls attack on the theory of mans antiquity
296

Galileos seclusion
140
of the Victory 01cr Galileo
152
T he Retreat of the Church after its V ictory aver Galileo
158
CHAPTER IV
171
1 the Scientific View
183
T be Invasion of Scepticirm
197
at Compromise Tre Final V irtorjr of Seienee
202
Geological theories of the early theologians 210
210
T he Firrt Great Efort at Compromise oami on the Flood of Noa1
225
CHAPTER IX
303
CHAPTER X
310
Of Dr Woodrow 316318
316
CHAPTER XI
323
Diaholiml Agency in Storms
336
Tho Ageney of Witches
350
LightningRod
364
The Greek conception of natural laws
374
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Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918) did more than any other American to impress upon late nineteenth- and twentieth century thought the idea that science and religion are enemies locked in combat on an almost military scale. In 1849, he entered Geneva College and later enrolled in Yale. After graduating, White joined the University of Michigan as a lecturer in history. He returned to New York and won election to the state senate. Finally, White went on to become the first president and cofounder of Cornell University. He also is the author of books, including Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason and a 1906 autobiography.

Tom Flynn is editor of Free Inquiry and executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism. His works include The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, The Trouble with Christmas , Galactic Rapture , Nothing Sacred, and various articles that have appeared both in Free Inquiry and Secular Humanist Bulletin .

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