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Science and Religion
Author: Gary B. Ferngren

ISBN: 9780801870385
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 17 July 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.7
Description:
Written by distinguished historians of science and religion, the thirty essays in this volume survey the relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century.

This wide-ranging collection also introduces a variety of approaches to understanding their intersection, suggesting a model not of in-alterable conflict, but of complex interaction.

Tracing the rise of science from its birth in the medieval West through the scientific revolution, the contributors describe major shifts that were marked by discoveries such as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Isaac Newton and the Catholic and Protestant reactions to them. They assess changes in scientific understanding brought about by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transformations in geology, cosmology, and biology, together with the responses of both mainstream religious groups and such newer movements as evangelicalism and fundamentalism. The book also treats the theological implications of contemporary science and evaluates recent approaches such as environmentalism, gender studies, social construction, an...

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