Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

EditorDavid N. Livingstone, D. G. Hart, Mark A. Noll

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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 lessvisible, 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 beencentral 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 ofevolution.

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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 lessvisible, even as the focus of evangelical engage...

David N. Livingstone is at School of Geosciences, Queen's University, Belfast. D. G. Hart is at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.18 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction: Placing Evangelical Encounters with SciencePart I. Overview1. John Hedley Brooke: The History of Science and Religion: Some Evangelical DimensionsPart II. Orientations2. John Morgan: The Puritan Thesis Revisited3. Edward B. Davis: Christianity and Early Modern Science: The Foster Thesis ReconsideredPart III. Theological Engagements4. Mark A. Noll: Science, Theology, and Society: From Cotton Mather to William Jennings Bryan5. David W. Bebbington: Science and Evangelical Theology in Britain from Wesley to Orr6. Jonathan R. Topham: Science, Natural Theology, and Evangelicalism in Early Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Thomas Chalmers and the Evidence ControversyPart IV. Specific Encounters7. Rodney L. Stiling: Scriptural Geology in America8. David N. Livingstone: Situating Evangelical Responses to Evolution9. James Moore: Telling Tales: Evangelicals and the Darwin Legend10. Ronald L. Numbers: Creating Creationism: Meanings and Uses since the Age of Agassiz11. Larry Eskridge: A Sign for an Unbelieving Age: Evangelicals and the Search for Noah's ArkPart V. Wider Domains12. Allen C. Guelzo: "The Science of Duty": Moral Philosophy and the Epistemology of Science in Nineteenth-Century America13. Michael Gauvreau and Nancy Christie: Toward a Christian Social Science in Canada, 1890-193014. D. G. Hart: Evangelicals, Biblical Scholarship, and the Politics of the Modern American AcademyAfterword15. George Marsden: The Meaning of Science for Christians: A New Dialogue on OlympusIndex

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"(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 theologiansalike."--Theology