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Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (Religion in America Series) [Hardcover]

David N. Livingstone , D. G. Hart , Mark A. Noll

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April 8, 1999 0195115570 978-0195115574
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, evangelicals often took their place among prominent practicing scientists, and their perspectives exerted a considerable impact on the development of modern western science. Over the last century, however, evangelical scientists have become less visible, even as the focus of evangelical engagement has shifted to political and cultural spheres.

Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective offers the first wide-ranging survey of the history of the encounter between evangelical Protestantism and science. Comprising papers by leading historians of science and religion, this collection shows that the questions of science have been central to the history of evangelicalism in the United States, as well as in Britain and Canada. It will be an invaluable resource for understanding the historical context of contemporary political squabbles, such as the debate over the status of creation science and the teaching of evolution.

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"(The essays in this book) succeed brilliantly in their essential purpose of demonstrating that the many encounters between Evangelicals and science, far from being a mere ideological Punch and Judy show, are deserving of the most careful investigation from historians and theologians alike."--Theology

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David N. Livingstone is at School of Geosciences, Queen's University, Belfast. D. G. Hart is at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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