When Science and Christianity Meet

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David C. Lindberg, Hilldale Professor of the History of Science David C Lindberg, Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine Ronald L Numbers
University of Chicago Press, Oct 29, 2003 - Religion - 357 pages
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Have science and Christianity been locked in mortal combat for the past 2000 years? Or has their relationship been one of peaceful coexistence, encouragement, and support? Both opinions have been vigorously defended, widely disseminated, and hotly debated. And both have been rejected by knowledgeable historians as unacceptable oversimplifications of the historical reality.
This book steps back from those debates, abandoning, for the present, the attempt to formulate or defend generalizations of such breadth and scope. Its authors believe that every encounter had its own peculiar shape and that each must be examined uniquely before broader attempts at generalization are likely to succeed. This book, in language accessible to the general reader, investigates twelve of the most notorious, most interesting, and most instructive cases, aiming to tell each story in its historical specificity and local particularity.
Among the episodes treated in "When Science and Christianity Meet" are the Galileo affair, the 17th-century clockwork universe, Noah's ark and flood in the development of natural history, struggles over Darwinian evolution, debates about the origin of the human species, and the Scopes trial. Readers will be introduced to St. Augustine, Roger Bacon, Pope Urban VIII, Isaac Newton, Pierre-Simon de Laplace, Carl Linnaeus, Charles Darwin, T. H. Huxley, Sigmund Freud, and many other participants in the historical drama of science and Christianity.
Contributors:
*William B. Ashworth Jr.
*Thomas H. Broman
*Janet Browne
*Mott T. Greene
*Edward J. Larson
*David C. Lindberg
*David N. Livingstone
*Robert Bruce Mullin
*G. Blair Nelson
*Ronald L. Numbers
*Jon H. Roberts
 

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Contents

The Medieval Church Encounters the Classical Tradition Saint Augustine Roger Bacon and the Handmaiden Metaphor
xix
Galileo the Church and the Cosmos
xlv
Christianity and the Mechanistic Universe
61
Matter Force and the Christian Worldview in the Enlightenment
85
Noahs Flood the Ark and the Shaping of Early Modern Natural History
111
Genesis and Geology Revisited The Order of Nature and the Nature of Order in NineteenthCentury Britain
139
Men before Adam American Debates over the Unity and Antiquity of Humanity
161
Replacing Darwinism and Christianity
183
Psychoanalysis and American Christianity 19001945
225
The Scopes Trial in History and Legend
245
Science without God Natural Laws and Christian Beliefs
265
Notes
287
A Guide to Further Reading
327
Contributors
339
Index
341
Copyright

Science Miracles and the PrayerGauge Debate
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David C. Lindberg is the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ronald L. Numbers is the Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Together Lindberg and Numbers edited God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science and are currently editing the CambridgeHistory of Science.