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Science and Religion, 1450-1900: From Copernicus to Darwin Paperback – April 25, 2006
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Highly recommended. Readers with an interest in science, at the lower-undergraduate level and above.(Choice)
Provide[s] a rich historical background to the interaction between science and religion.(Seymour H. Mauskopf Nuncius)
Should appeal to aficionados of science and religion interested in the interaction of culture with the development of science.(Fraser F. Fleming Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)
An interesting, insightful, and clearly argued overview.(Edward B. Davis Isis)
Olson's meticulous treatment of the rich variety of interconnections between science and religion was a refreshing revelation. The book does an excellent job of documenting the complex tangle of interconnections between religious thought and scientific work during this time period.(Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences)
The book can be warmly recommended to anyone interested in the various ways in which religion interacted with science from the beginning of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the 19th century.(William R. Shea Archives Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences)
About the Author
Richard G. Olson is a professor of history at Harvey Mudd College. He is the author of The Emergence of the Social Sciences, 1642–1792 (Twayne Press, 1993) and Science Deified and Science Defied (University of California Press, 1990).
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Often when one discusses this issue, a good historical starting point is Copernicus, who was the first major astronomer since classical times to `demote' the favoured position of the world to being but one of several planets orbiting the sun; the demotion of the sun from being the centre of the universe would come later, but the implication was all too clear from the start. This scientific upheaval coincided with political and religious unrest in Europe, and in a world where the idea that church and state would be separate is not even a distant dream, certainly the separation of the natural sciences from theology, the `queen of the sciences' was inconceivable.
The mistrust between science and religion persists to this day, continuing in its strongest vein the arguments against the Darwinian Theory of Evolution (even though the Theory of Evolution has itself `evolved' from the time of Darwin's observations and publication of `The Origin of Species'). There are some who try to assert one over the other - this happens both with scientists over religion as with religious people over scientists.Read more ›