Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America by Benjamin ZellerProphets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America by Benjamin Zeller

Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America

byBenjamin Zeller

Paperback | March 29, 2010

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By the twentieth century, science had become so important that religious traditions had to respond to it. Emerging religions, still led by a living founder to guide them, responded with a clarity and focus that illuminates other larger, more established religions’ understandings of science. The Hare Krishnas, the Unification Church, and Heaven’s Gate each found distinct ways to incorporate major findings of modern American science, understanding it as central to their wider theological and social agendas. In tracing the development of these new religious movements’ viewpoints on science during each movement’s founding period, we can discern how their views on science were crafted over time. These NRMs shed light on how religious groups—new, old, alternative, or mainstream—could respond to the tremendous growth of power and prestige of science in late twentieth-century America.

In this engrossing book, Zeller carefully shows that religious groups had several methods of creatively responding to science, and that the often-assumed conflict-based model of “science vs. religion” must be replaced by a more nuanced understanding of how religions operate in our modern scientific world.

Title:Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 29, 2010Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814797210

ISBN - 13:9780814797211

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"Clearly and carefully written, Zeller's work offers a fascinating, thoughtful reflection on the complexity of the relationship between science and religion in the modern world."
-R. Scott Sheffield,The Magazine of the Chemical Heritage Foundation