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Negotiating Darwin

The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877–1902

Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martínez

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Drawing on primary sources made available to scholars only after the archives of the Holy Office were unsealed in 1998, Negotiating Darwin chronicles how the Vatican reacted when six Catholics—five clerics and one layman—tried to integrate evolution and Christianity in the decades following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species.

As Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martínez reconstruct these cases, we see who acted and why, how the events unfolded, and how decisions were put into practice. With the long shadow of Galileo's condemnation hanging over the Church as the…

Drawing on primary sources made available to scholars only after the archives of the Holy Office were unsealed in 1998, Negotiating Darwin chronicles how the Vatican reacted when six Catholics—five clerics and one layman—tried to integrate evolution and Christianity in the decades following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species.

As Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martínez reconstruct these cases, we see who acted and why, how the events unfolded, and how decisions were put into practice. With the long shadow of Galileo's condemnation hanging over the Church as the Scientific Revolution ushered in new paradigms, the Church found it prudent to avoid publicly and directly condemning Darwinism and thus treated these cases carefully.

The authors reveal the ideological and operational stance of the Vatican and describe its secret deliberations. In the process, they provide insight into current debates on evolution and religious belief.

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A well-documented scholarly work.

This is a fine study of the Church's response to Darwin and evolutionism in the late-nineteenth century... The work will appeal to a wide readership.

This book is both a cautionary tale and a welcome piece of historical research.

Negotiating Darwin is a very important book.

Those interested in the history of science and religion and Catholic scholars will find this book useful.

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336
ISBN
9780801883897
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7 halftones
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The New Documents
Chapter 2. An Ineffective Decree
Chapter 3. Retraction in Paris
Chapter 4. Americanism and Evolutionism
Chapter 5. Condemned for Evolutionism?
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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The New Documents
Chapter 2. An Ineffective Decree
Chapter 3. Retraction in Paris
Chapter 4. Americanism and Evolutionism
Chapter 5. Condemned for Evolutionism?
Chapter 6. "The Erroneous Information of an Englishman"
Chapter 7. Happiness in Hell
Chapter 8. The Church and Evolution: Was There a Policy?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Mariano Artigas

Mariano Artigas is a professor of philosophy at Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
Thomas F. Glick
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Thomas F. Glick

Thomas F. Glick is a professor of history at Boston University and has written widely on Darwin. Among his many books are Negotiating Darwin: The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877–1902, also published by Johns Hopkins; The Reception of Darwinism in the Iberian World; and The Comparative Reception of Darwinism.
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Rafael A. Martínez

Rafael A. Martínez is a professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.
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