A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, Vol. I (in Two Volumes)

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 446 pages
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The battle between science and religion in American popular life is as old as America itself. By the late 19th century, it had reached a fever pitch, culminating in the two-volume 1896 work A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. The result of thirty years of research by historian and educator ANDREW DICKSON WHITE (1832-1918), a founder of Cornell University, this is White's attack on intellectually stifling religious dogma and his explication of the "conflict thesis" of outright warfare between science and religion. While scholars today generally see the situation as more nuanced, the conflict thesis remains a popular metaphor in the mind of the general public, and White's work continues to speak to us today. H.L. Mencken called this "one of the noblest monuments of American scholarship," and it will fascinate anyone who is troubled by the ongoing influence by religious authorities into secular science. In Volume I, White looks at the transformation of our understanding of the world from a primarily religious one of divine creation to a primarily scientific one informed by evolution, astronomy, and biology.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
Theological and Scientific Theories of an Evolution in Animated Nature
49
The Final Effort of Theology
70
CHAPTER II
89
The Delineation of the Earth
98
The Inhabitants of the Earth
102
The Size of the Earth
110
Victory of the Church over Galileo
140
CHAPTER VI
249
The New Chronology
257
CHAPTER VII
266
The Flint Weapons 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
CHAPTER IX
303

Results of the Victory over Galileo
152
The Retreat of the Church after its Victory over Galileo
158
CHAPTER IV
171
Theological Efforts to crush the Scientific View
183
The Invasion of Scepticism
196
Theological Efforts at Compromise The Final Victory of Science
202
CHAPTER V
209
The First Great Effort at Compromise based on the Flood of Noah
225
Final Efforts at Compromise The Victory of Science complete
239
CHAPTER X
310
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317
CHAPTER XL
323
Diabolical Agency in Storms
336
The Agency of Witches
350
Franklins LightningRod
364
CHAPTER XII
373
The Triumph of Chemistry and Physics
404
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