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Science and Christianity in Pulpit and Pew

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Science and Christianity in Pulpit and Pew by Ronald L. Numbers

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As past president of both the History of Science Society and the American Society of Church History, Ronald L. Numbers draws from his unique experience to assess the historical relations between science and Christianity. In this collection of his most recent essays, he moves beyond the cliches of conflict and harmony to explore the tangled web of historical interactions involving scientific and religious beliefs. The essays clarify the history of science and Christianity by examining the intersection of laypeople, theologians, and overarching cultural trends. Numbers offers an unprecedented overview of the history of science and Christianity from the perspective of the ordinary people who filled church pews-or loitered outside. Far from ignoring opinion-makers in the pulpit, however, Numbers looks closely at two of the most influential Protestant theologians in nineteenth-century America: Charles Hodge and William Henry Green. In "Science without God" he traces the millennia-long history of so-called methodological naturalism, the commitment to explaining the natural world without appeals to the supernatural. Numbers ends his reassessment by arguing that although science has markedly changed the world we live in, it has contributed less to secularizing it than many have claimed.

Author Biography

Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin.
Release date NZ
September 20th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Oxford University Press Inc
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