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Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective : Religion in America - David N. Livingstone

Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective

Religion in America

By: David N. Livingstone (Editor), D. G. Hart (Editor), Mark A. Noll (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1998
ISBN: 9780195115574
Number Of Pages: 360

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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, evangelicals often took their place among prominent practicing scientists, and their perspectives exerted a considerable impact on the development of modern western science. Over the last century, however, evangelical scientists have become less visible, even as the focus of evangelical engagement has shifted to political and cultural spheres.
Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective offers the first wide-ranging survey of the history of the encounter between evangelical Protestantism and science. Comprising papers by leading historians of science and religion, this collection shows that the questions of science have been central to the history of evangelicalism in the United States, as well as in Britain and Canada. It will be an invaluable resource for understanding the historical context of contemporary political squabbles, such as the debate over the status of creation science and the teaching of evolution.

"(The essays in this book) succeed brilliantly in their essential purpose of demonstrating that the many encounters between Evangelicals and science, far from being a mere ideological Punch and Judy show, are deserving of the most careful investigation from historians and theologians alike."--Theology

Introduction: Placing Evangelical Encounters with Science Part I. Overview 1: John Hedley Brooke: The History of Science and Religion: Some Evangelical Dimensions Part II. Orientations 2: John Morgan: The Puritan Thesis Revisited 3: Edward B. Davis: Christianity and Early Modern Science: The Foster Thesis Reconsidered Part III. Theological Engagements 4: Mark A. Noll: Science, Theology, and Society: From Cotton Mather to William Jennings Bryan 5: David W. Bebbington: Science and Evangelical Theology in Britain from Wesley to Orr 6: Jonathan R. Topham: Science, Natural Theology, and Evangelicalism in Early Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Thomas Chalmers and the Evidence Controversy Part IV. Specific Encounters 7: Rodney L. Stiling: Scriptural Geology in America 8: David N. Livingstone: Situating Evangelical Responses to Evolution 9: James Moore: Telling Tales: Evangelicals and the Darwin Legend 10: Ronald L. Numbers: Creating Creationism: Meanings and Uses since the Age of Agassiz 11: Larry Eskridge: A Sign for an Unbelieving Age: Evangelicals and the Search for Noah's Ark Part V. Wider Domains 12: Allen C. Guelzo: "The Science of Duty": Moral Philosophy and the Epistemology of Science in Nineteenth-Century America 13: Michael Gauvreau and Nancy Christie: Toward a Christian Social Science in Canada, 1890-1930 14: D. G. Hart: Evangelicals, Biblical Scholarship, and the Politics of the Modern American Academy Afterword 15: George Marsden: The Meaning of Science for Christians: A New Dialogue on Olympus Index

ISBN: 9780195115574
ISBN-10: 0195115570
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st May 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.65