Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives

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Cambridge University Press, May 15, 2014 - Science
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John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to one of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world: the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) are two of the most famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in so rich a variety of ways that no simple generalizations are possible.
 

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Admirably, Brooke describes some of the most subtle relationships between science and religion. He surveys the disagreements and the conflicts as well but he highlights where science and religion share aspects in common. Read full review

Contents

Science and Religion in the Scientific
69
The Parallel between Scientific
110
Divine Activity in a Mechanical Universe
158
The Fortunes and Functions of Natural
261
Religious Belief and
307
Evolutionary Theory and Religious Belief
374
Bibliographic Essay
475
Sources of Quotations
543
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John Hedley Brooke is Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.

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