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Science and Religion

A Historical Introduction

edited by Gary B. Ferngren

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An essential examination of the historical relationship between science and religion.

Since its publication in 2002, Science and Religion has proven to be a widely admired survey of the complex relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century. In the second edition, eleven new essays expand the scope and enhance the analysis of this enduringly popular book.

Tracing the rise of science from its birth in the medieval West through the scientific revolution, the contributors here assess historical changes in scientific…

An essential examination of the historical relationship between science and religion.

Since its publication in 2002, Science and Religion has proven to be a widely admired survey of the complex relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century. In the second edition, eleven new essays expand the scope and enhance the analysis of this enduringly popular book.

Tracing the rise of science from its birth in the medieval West through the scientific revolution, the contributors here assess historical changes in scientific understanding brought about by transformations in physics, anthropology, and the neurosciences and major shifts marked by the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and others. In seeking to appreciate the intersection of scientific discovery and the responses of religious groups, contributors also explore the theological implications of contemporary science and evaluate approaches such as the Bible in science and the modern synthesis in evolution, which are at the center of debates in the historiography, understanding, and application of science.

The second edition provides chapters that have been revised to reflect current scholarship along with new chapters that bring fresh perspectives on a diverse range of topics, including new scientific approaches and disciplines and non-Christian traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Asiatic religions, and atheism. This indispensible classroom guide is now more useful than ever before.

Contributors: Richard J. Blackwell, Peter J. Bowler, John Hedley Brooke, Glen M. Cooper, Edward B. Davis, Alnoor Dhanani, Diarmid A. Finnegan, Noah Efron, Owen Gingerich, Edward Grant, Steven J. Harris, Matthew S. Hedstrom, John Henry, Peter M. Hess, Edward J. Larsen, Timothy Larson, David C. Lindberg, David N. Livingstone, Craig Martin, Craig Sean McConnell, James Moore, Joshua M. Moritz, Mark A. Noll, Ronald L. Numbers, Richard Olson, Christopher M. Rios, Nicolaas A. Rupke, Michael H. Shank, Stephen David Snobelen, John Stenhouse, Peter J. Susalla, Mariusz Tabaczek, Alan C. Weissenbacher, Stephen P. Weldon, and Tomoko Yoshida

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The second edition of Gary Ferngren’s edited volume, Science and religion: a historical introduction, addresses a real need in the historiography and pedagogy of science and religion... the additions to the second edition of Ferngren’s Science and religion constitute a significant improvement.

... there are plenty of quality contributions here to justify purchase by those looking for an overview of the field or as use within an undergraduate classroom...

This second edition is more expansive and more in tune with contemporary discussions... For those who wish to get a good overview of the present status of science and religion as viewed by contemporary historians of science, this is a good book. It could also serve as an intellectually challenging introduction for undergraduates in a science/religion course.

Ferngren is to be commended for conveying the vitality and influence of science and religion through this series of excellent contributions from leading authors in the field.

Ferngren offers us a selection of essays by leading specialists on the most important issues in the history of science and religion. I know of no other book that so gracefully introduces the reader to this burgeoning field.

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496
ISBN
9781421421728
Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Science and Religion: Conflict or Complexity?
Chapter 1. Science and Religion
Part II: The Premodern Period
Chapter 2. Aristotle and Aristotelianism
Chapter 3. Early Christian

Introduction
Part I: Science and Religion: Conflict or Complexity?
Chapter 1. Science and Religion
Part II: The Premodern Period
Chapter 2. Aristotle and Aristotelianism
Chapter 3. Early Christian Attitudes toward Nature
Chapter 4. Science and Religion in Medieval Latin Christendom
Chapter 5. Islam
Part III: The Scientific Revolution
Chapter 6. The Copernican Revolution
Chapter 7. Galileo Galilei
Chapter 8. Early Modern Protestantism
Chapter 9. Isaac Newton
Chapter 10. Natural Theology
Part IV: Transformations in Geology, Biology, and Cosmology, 1650-1900
Chapter 11. Geology and Paleontology from 1700 to 1900
Chapter 12. Natural History
Chapter 13. Charles Darwin
Chapter 14. Evolution
Chapter 15. Cosmogonies
Part V: The Response of Religious Traditions
Chapter 16. The Bible and Science
Chapter 17. Roman Catholicism since Trent
Chapter 18. Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism
Chapter 19. The Scopes Trial
Chapter 20. Judaism and Sciences
Chapter 21. Modern Western Science and Asian Traditions
Chapter 22. Atheism
Part VI: The Theological Implications of Modern Science
Chapter 23. Physics
Chapter 24. Modern Cosmologies
Chapter 25. Causation
Chapter 26. The Modern Synthesis in Evolution
Chapter 27. Anthropology
Chapter 28. American Psychology
Chapter 29. Neuroscience and the Human Person
Chapter 30. Ecology and the Environment
Acknowledgments
Index

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Gary B. Ferngren

Gary B. Ferngren is a professor of history at Oregon State University, editor of Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, and author of Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity, both published by Johns Hopkins.