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Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion Hardcover – April 30, 2009
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A revealing book...Using "myth" in the popular sense, to mean falsehood, Galileo Goes to Jail debunks widespread misconceptions. (Douglas Todd Vancouver Sun 2009-05-15)
A splendid book. (Christopher Howse Daily Telegraph 2009-06-06)
As a collection, these myth-busting arguments work to soften the wedge responsible for the schism between science and religion. The topics and writing style will appeal to all readers, but students of science and religion should consider this essential reading. (J. A. Hewlett Choice 2009-07-01)
Informative and thought-provoking reading. (Ernan McMullin The Tablet 2009-10-10)
The volume's careful organization and execution reveal the kind of planning and teamwork absent from too many edited collections, but which have come to be expected from Numbers...Each chapter of Galileo Goes to Jail begins with two or three epigraphs that clearly convict scholarly and popular literature of perpetuating the myth in question. Most authors then explore the nuances of the myth, its origin, complexity, and longevity, before telling the "rest of the story." (Mark A. Kalthoff First Things 2009-10-01)
The authors necessarily spend the bulk of their time debunking attacks on religion in the name of science, but they also clear the muddy waters left behind when pro-religion forces try to obscure the scientific record...As Numbers points out in his introduction, fewer than half of the contributors are religious believers at all; and of those, there are only two evangelicals, one Catholic, and one Jew. In other words, they have no axe to grind, and their only agenda is to set the historical record straight. Given all of the polemics published today, this is a breath of fresh air. (Ryan T. Anderson Weekly Standard 2009-10-19)
[Ronald L. Numbers] is a religious agnostic whose scholarship on the history of American religion and science is marked by meticulous accuracy and impartiality...[This book was written] with ordinary readers, not specialists, in mind, making this a truly rare book: where else can you find such authoritative scholarship delivered so accessibly and fairly on such an important subject? (Edward B. Davis belief.net 2009-08-28)
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As is typical with any collection of essays, some are not as good as the rest. In this book, Myths #22 and 23 are disappointments in an otherwise enjoyable and thought-provoking collection of essays. Myth #22 doesn't really argue against (or for) "Quantum Physics Demonstrated Free Will". Indeed, Daniel Patrick Thurs writes simply, "And its spread is due to a very good reason. It is in one sense, absolutely true," and then he writes, "If the historian as historian has any role, it is to expose the roots of such controversy rather than to leap into the fray and parrot the arguments of one side or another" (p. 197). And so the essay goes on - not really saying much of anything of interest or insight. I don't know why this essay was included. The intention of Myth #23 is to refute the claim that intelligent design is scientific.Read more ›
The book addresses each of these topics (and more), which is great. What isn't as great is the mixed quality of the essays. Many of them seem to take at face value all the myths - except the one they are refuting!
It's frustrating seeing a Marxist scholar write the title chapter on Galileo Goes to Jail, for example. While he refutes the myth that he went to jail, he basically accepts the rest of the Conflict Thesis uncritically - the theory by Draper and White that the rest of the book disproves.
The Good: The book does a very good job at getting at the myths that have been created by men such as Draper, White, and Gibbon and have unfortunately been retold over and over again in classrooms around the world. These articles clearly and concretely made the case that the mythical "Dark Ages" never happened, that no one believed the Earth was Flat in the Middle Ages, the fact that the Catholic Church, Christianity and the Noble rulers of Europe have greatly supported science both financially and rhetorically and also by setting up universities and societies, that the Galileo story and its circumstances are greatly over exaggerated and untrue, that religion has played a very important role as the driving force in the lives of many of humanities greatest scientists, that Bruno was not killed for his science but for heresy, and that human dissection and other medically linked issues were not banned by the Church.
The Bad: I do have a problem with 3 myths in the book.Read more ›
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Very informative book. Contains details you usually don't hear about when the subject of Galileo comes in conversation or Atheist propaganda.Published 11 months ago by Far
Robert Numbers edited an interesting book titled GALILEO GOES TO TRIAL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Mr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James E. Egolf
This books consist of 25 essays written by different authors, with contrasting beliefs and points of views. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joelice
This is a compilation of articles designed to whitewash the anti-science stance of religion, past and present. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gderf
This book is filled with essays by leading scholars of the history of religion and science. Some are believers, some are not, and some lie somewhere in between. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nick Kaspar
The product arrived in a timely manner and in good condition. The book was mandatory for my class, but turned out to be a good read to analyze. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by carmen
A lot of what the media tell us about science, misses the point by a wide margin. Dr. Numbers investigates deeply, including the original writings of scientific pioneers, and... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by David E Fisher
I ordered numerous books the same day and this was one of the first ones that arrived! It was in great condition!Published on January 12, 2013 by Howard Witherspoon